Building grants for public use

A series of landmark buildings are being rejuvenated for public use, thanks to investment via the Community Asset Transfer Fund.

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New life for Cardigan Castle

£743,345 has been given to breathe new life into Cardigan Castle, which has been run-down in recent years. The money will be spent on exhibitions, shops, a restaurant and education activities.

Cardigan Castle has fallen into disrepair recently Credit: ITV News Wales

It's the last piece of funding for an £11 million refurbishment of the castle. Jann Tucker, chair of Cadwgan Building Preservation Trust, said: “This award fires the starting gun for what will be the most important development in the town for centuries. It is great news for the castle and the town."

Funds to renovate Victorian mansion

The renovation of an old Victorian mansion in Cardiff is on a list of a number of projects receiving investment from the Big Lottery Fund and the Welsh Government.

Insole Court in Llandaff will become a centre for heritage learning and community activity thanks to a grant of £761,724, in a scheme which aims to transfer assets from the public sector to community ownership.

Members of the local community have used the garden at Insole Court to grow vegetables Credit: ITV News Wales

Mike Theodoulou, Chairman of the Community Asset Transfer Committee, says: "This programme is helping Welsh communities to become stronger and more sustainable by assisting them to actively develop where they live."

Around £4 million is being granted to community groups around Wales in total.

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