WITH the medieval walls of Conwy not having been fully re-opened since COVID-19, Aberconwy MS, Janet Finch-Saunders, has secured an explanation from Dawn Bowden MS, deputy minister for arts and sport, as to the future plans for the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In a letter to Mrs Finch-Saunders, the deputy minister advises that:

• The upper tower (to the western point of the medieval walls) has been temporarily closed due to safety concerns about the robustness of the timber landing, steps and railings.

• Cadw has already undertaken inspections of the tower and the wall walks (running from Upper Gate towards the Bangor Arch) and intends to improve accessibility, increase the height of the railings.

• Cadw is currently seeking to appoint a design team with the intention of designing, seeking all statutory and funding approvals, and tendering the works during the summer of 2023 with the planned works being undertaken during the subsequent quieter winter season.


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Mrs Finch-Saunders said: “With the walls forming part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and regarded as being the finest and most complete in Europe, I think it is imperative that the Welsh Government ensure that the medieval structure is not neglected.

“Locals and visitors alike enjoy walks on the structure, especially as it affords one of the best views of Conwy and the estuary.

“Whilst I am disappointed that we will have to wait another year before the works are completed, I welcome the fact that my correspondence has resulted in a clear and positive commitment by the deputy minister and Cadw.”