1. ITV Report

Bid for organisations to take over Anglesey heritage sites facing closure

The Beaumaris Courthouse and Gaol are two of the sites under threat of closure. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Three of Anglesey's most unique heritage sites could face closure if no one shows an interest in taking them over.

The county council is looking for other organisations to run its heritage sites, which include Wales' only working windmill and a Victorian prison.

Proposals are again being sought from town and community councils, social enterprises, businesses, trusts and organisations after a similar exercise attracted very little interest.

Proposals are being sought from individuals or organisations with the appropriate resources, expertise and experience to run:

  • Beaumaris Courthouse
  • Beaumaris Gaol
  • Melin Llynnon and Roundhouses, near Llanddeusant
Built in 1614, Beaumaris Courthouse is one of Anglesey's most fascinating buildings Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

The County Council is eager to work with partners to investigate new ways of delivering an exciting, engaging visitor experience at all three sites. Our aim is to safeguard the future of these sites, and protect the Island's culture and heritage.

However, given the significant financial pressures faced and the fact that these sites don't form part of a statutory service, there's a real possibility that they will have to be mothballed or closed altogether if no one else can be found to run them.

– Delyth Molyneux, Anglesey County Council, Head of Learning
Beaumaris Gaol opened in 1829. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

All of the three seasonal sites are currently managed by the County Council's Museums and Culture service.

Llynnon is currently closed and both Beaumaris Courthouse and Gaol are open on weekends.

It's hoped that renewed interest will ensure the sites can reopen for the new season in Easter 2017.

Proposals for running the sites are now being sought with adverts online and in the local press.