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Marquees column falling into disrepair
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.