Time running out for The Watchtower?
8:02pm Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
A NINETEENTH-century grade-II listed Barry landmark has been put on the market - again.
Vale Council cabinet members agreed to sell or lease The Watchtower and Rocket Shed, at Cold Knap, in July 2009 and appointed agents to invite expressions of interest.
The Vale Council has advertised a 25-year lease on the two-storey limestone building and applications for tender documents are now invited from interested parties with the closing date for the completed tender documents set for Friday, September 20.
Previous offers were rejected and the building would require a considerable financial investment.
Barry-based artist Glyn Pooley, who previously spoke to the Vale Council about taking on the premises, said: “As a community we have a duty of care to pass down our heritage to the next generation.
“'Every sturdy tree has a deeply rooted core'.
“Our heritage is our strength in difficult times and the Watchtower is a symbol of this.
“Its renovation and use should reflect this.”
Vale Council director of development services, Rob Thomas said: "The council is seeking interest from individuals or groups to lease the premises from the council for a range of possible uses.
"It enjoys a fantastic location overlooking the coast and anyone with an interest should make themselves known to the council’s marketing agents."