Demolition work on a derelict building which has been an eyesore in Harlech is being supported by the Welsh Government, ensuring the work can be completed quickly to benefit the community and local economy, Minister for Economy and North Wales Ken Skates has announced.
Snowdonia National Park Authority (SNPA) has already begun the demolition of St David’s Hotel in Harlech, which has been empty for many years. There have been concerns in the local community about the impact of the derelict building on the community and tourism as well as health and safety.
The Welsh Government is providing crucial contingency funding of up to £30,000 to cover any unexpected costs which may come up as part of the process, ensuring there are no delays and the work is completed as quickly as possible.
This funding is in addition to more substantial funding of over £300,000 provided to SNPA in 2018 by Welsh Government. This enabled important preparatory works and surveys to take place, and the demolition costs to be met.
The work was supported in Harlech because of the hotel’s detrimental impact on the special landscape qualities of the area, which is in Snowdonia National Park, as well as on the tourism industry.
Economy Minister Ken Skates said:
“Harlech is one of the jewels of the North Wales tourism industry, with its stunning beaches, coastal path and world famous castle. The derelict St David’s Hotel has been a concern in the town for a long time and I’m pleased that the Welsh Government is able to support Snowdonia National Park Authority in their work to demolish the building as quickly as possible. This will be a further boost to the area’s natural beauty.