£5k boost to help put rail plans on track
ST CLEARS has been offered a £5,000 injection to its plans to reopen the town railway station.
The cash would be used to help fund a feasibility study into the proposals.
The town council, which has led the drive to get the station reopened after 48 years, now plans to set up an arms-length community group to take on the campaign.
At a meeting last week, mayor Lyn Davies told members that a county council officer had made the cash offer during a meeting with a sub-committee.
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He added that to move the project forward, a community group needed to be established.
"We need council approval to set up this group," he said.
"Can I take it that we can have the go-ahead to arrange a meeting to set up a community group? We need a working group to go forward."
He added invitations would be extended to members of the public to join the group.
The campaign to reopen the station, which opened in 1854 and closed in 1964, has also been backed by Simon Hart MP.
"Secondly, I have here a letter from Simon Hart MP stating he had written to Carmarthenshire Council to request they include St Clears railway station in their local transport plan," said Mr Davies.
"In his opinion this has to be done as a forerunner to anything positive happening."
Mr Davies added that although there was progress, he felt it could be a long time before their action came to fruition.
"I think none of us should be under any illusions — it's not a sprint, it's going to be more of a marathon but I think it's going to be worth it for the town," he said.
Graham Edwards added: "At least the county council is recognising there is a need, obviously, otherwise they wouldn't be offering funding.
"It is on an agenda now, but it's taken a long time to get it there."
Councillor Phil Rogers said it was important to get the community on board: "It's one of these issues which involves all of the community and it is important it is not seen as a council issue.
"The work started here, but I think it's time now to broaden this out and involve the whole community and I think this approach, particularly of going into a public meeting and getting this funding for a feasibility study, is a step in the right direction."