ANGER OVER MAN­SION AR­SON

Owner hits out af­ter sus­pected drug users started fire at his­toric es­tate:

Caernarfon Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Owen Hughes

THE owner of his­toric Caernar­fon man­sions dubbed ar­son­ists a “dis­grace” af­ter sus­pected drug users sparked a blaze.

A fire was started at Plas Ty Coch – part of the Br­ere­ton es­tate – on Thurs­day evening, with fire­fight­ers say­ing it was ar­son.

Yes­ter­day de­vel­oper Paul Wil­liams – who hopes to build a 100 bed ho­tel, lodges and lux­ury apart­ments at the site – took a look around the man­sion to as­sess the dam­age.

He said they have in­creased the se­cu­rity on the build­ings in a bid to pre­vent fu­ture tres­pass­ing in­ci­dents,

He added: “I have now looked around Ty Coch and seen the dam­age done by this lat­est fire,

“It has dam­aged the floor of the first floor where it was started and we think it has caused more dam­age to the roof.

“It was in a sep­a­rate area to the last fire so this is fresh dam­age.

“It is dis­ap­point­ing. We spent two days se­cur­ing th­ese build­ings af­ter buy­ing the site but they have hacked their way in.

“We have now spent the day in­creas­ing se­cu­rity on the build­ing that will make it harder to ac­cess again.

“We have found drug use para­pher­na­lia where the fire hap­pened so think it is drug users get­ting in.

“It is re­ally sad, this is a Grade II Listed build­ing, a pres­ti­gious build­ing in Caernar­fon.

“It is just dis­grace­ful that peo- ple would wan­tonly try to burn it down. Words can­not put into con­text my feel­ings.

“A petrol can has also been re­cov­ered and we are hope­ful po­lice could get some DNA off th­ese and we could find out who did this.”

Both the Ty Coch and Plas Br­ere­ton houses have been empty for a num­ber of years and have fallen into a state of dis­re­pair.

The prop­er­ties have both been sub­ject to ar­son at­tacks in the last year.They were bought ear­lier this year by Paul and Rowena Wil­liams, who also own the Glyn­l­li­fon man­sion near Caernar­fon and Seiont Manor in Llan­rug.

They plan to trans­form the site into a 100 bed­room ho­tel with a pool, spa, restau­rants and bars. This will be a new build linked to Plas Br­ere­ton man­sion.

Un­der the scheme, derelict Plas Ty Coch would be re­stored into lux­ury pe­riod apart­ments with low den­sity hous­ing in the grounds of the man­sion and the restora­tion of walled and for­mal gar­dens.

They want to erect lux­ury hol­i­day lodges on the banks of the Me­nai Strait and fur­ther hous­ing on grass­land be­tween Plas Br­ere­ton and the quay.

They plan to start the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion process in the com­ing weeks but said they would be on site shortly for ini­tial the clear­ance of de­bris and over­grown ar­eas.

He said: “This will also the in­crease se­cu­rity pres­ence as we will have peo­ple here ev­ery day.”

● De­vel­oper Paul Wil­liams (be­low) says he has in­creased se­cu­rity at Plas Ty Coch af­ter the lat­est ar­son at­tack

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