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Mar­quees col­umn fall­ing into dis­re­pair

Bangor Mail - - FRONT PAGE - The Marquess of An­gle­sey col­umn and statue. In­set right, the door off its hinges Gareth Wyn Wil­liams

CON­CERNS have been raised over the con­di­tion of a his­toric An­gle­sey land­mark af­ter drone footage showed what ap­pears to be the de­te­ri­o­rat­ing state of the 200 year old tower.

The 27-me­tre Marquess of An­gle­sey’s Col­umn in Llan­fair­p­wll was shut in March 2014 for “es­sen­tial re­pairs”, but has since re­mained closed to the pub­lic with no set re­open­ing date.

The mon­u­ment, built in 1816 to com­mem­o­rate the Bat­tle of Waterloo, was pre­vi­ously open to the pub­lic for a small fee.

But for more than three years, health and safety con­cerns have meant vis­i­tors have been un­able to climb its 115 steps and en­joy the pan- oramic views.

An An­gle­sey busi­ness owner has now re­vealed new im­ages, per­son­ally taken by his drone, ex­press­ing his con­cern over the con­di­tion of the struc­ture.

Geraint Wil­liams, who owns the Cefn Cwmwd Hol­i­day Cot­tages near Rhostre­hwfa, said: “By look­ing at the pic­tures, which I took on my drone, the top land­ing door is off and let­ting in the weather.

“This cer­tainly won’t help the stairs, and would con­trib­ute to­wards them rot­ting more quickly.

“What con­cerns me is why has it been left like this, and how long will it be be­fore it can open again as a ma­jor tourist at­trac­tion?

“Be­fore long, if it’s left like this, it will become a health and safety is­sue and there will cries for it to be de­mol­ished. The poor Marquess has been up there for more than 200 years and de­serves bet­ter care.”

Last year, it was re­vealed that the re­pair costs could be as much as £100,000.

Lo­cal coun­cil­lor, Alun Mum­mery, said: “The tower has been shut for more than three years now.

“The last thing I heard was that grant and lot­tery fund­ing was be­ing ex­plored, but noth­ing more sub­stan­tial than that.

“Its a big loss not to have it open and it re­mains a talk­ing point lo­cally.”

Jones Peck­over, the es­tate agency which man­ages the site on be­half of the tower’s own­ers, the Plas Newydd es­tate, has been con­tacted to re­spond to these con­cerns.

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