Transforming a derelict railway shed in Meliden
A DERELICT old railway shed destined to be consigned to history has opened its doors after a £1.2 million revamp. In its heyday, Meliden’s goods shed was a key stopping place on the Dyserth to Prestatyn railway line serving both the mining and tourist trades. Having stood largely empty for decades, the building has been revamped, putting the Grade II building firmly back into the heart of the village community.
The building was acquired through an asset transfer from the local authority and the project spearheaded by charitable housing association Grŵp Cynefin and Meliden Residents Action Group and supported by funders including Gwynt y Môr Community Fund that contributed £109,999 over two years.
Y Shed is now an exciting new space and home to a café, retail space, heritage exhibition and meeting room. Converted shipping containers provide space for businesses. Jobs have been created including a centre manager role. Additional Gwynt y Môr Community funding was provided to Y Shed during the first COVID-19 lockdown enabling the conversion of an unused shipping container into Dave’s an ice cream parlour.
“The response to Y Shed has been phenomenal. It is beyond anything we could have hoped for. Not only have we developed a much-needed attraction and community hub which attracts visitors from far and wide, but we have been able to support new business start-ups along the way.”