Two major heritage attractions in Beaumaris are set to be handed over to the town council.
Anglesey County Council will transfer the ownership of Beaumaris Gaol and Courthouse after plans were backed on Monday. Further talks between the two councils about the handover will now take place.
The Grade II-listed courthouse, built in 1614, includes the original dock, the 18th century grand jury room and the large rectangular courtroom, which was renovated in the 19th century. The Grade I-listed Gaol on Steeple Lane dates back to the early 1800s and includes condemned and punishment cells.
Both buildings in the town centre are open as museums between April and October – cases are still heard at the Courthouse on Castle Street once a year.
Mayor of Beaumaris, Councillor Frank Carr, said: ”The Town Council are looking forward to working with the community to make these attractions a success. They are a great opportunity to attract more visitors to Beaumaris and to educate future generations about the history of our town.”
Councillor Meirion Jones, member for culture on Anglesey County Council, said the local authority had been facing stark choices about the future of the sites amid increasing demands on funding: ”We, of course, recognise the importance of both these cultural heritage sites to Beaumaris and the wider Island, both in terms of their historic value and economic benefit as tourist attractions.”
”I’m pleased that together we’ve found a way to ensure that residents and visitors alike can continue to enjoy these attractions for many years to come.”
In July, the county council also transferred control of Holyhead Park to Holyhead Town Council.