Llandaff’s gothic mansion secures lottery grant

July 29, 2011 2 Comments »
Llandaff’s gothic mansion secures lottery grant

John Prior-Morris, chairman of Friends of Insole Court, in the grounds of Llandaff's Insole Court

The Friends of Insole Court have cleared the first hurdle in getting control of the South Wales gothic mansion – which could see them embark on a £4m refurbishment programme.

The group applied to the lottery for a £35,000 grant to come up with a business plan to show their ideas for taking over the Victorian home.

It is understood the eventual proposal is to do up the Cardiff landmark, in Llandaff, and create a visitor and community centre.

Outbuildings will be converted to provide a cafe and other refreshment facilities.

The stables will be revamped so they can be used for assorted activities. And the main gardens will be restored to their Victorian glory.

While the total bill is expected to be in the region of £4m, they can only apply for £800,000 from the National Lottery.

Friends of Insole Court chairman John Prior-Morris said: “The friends of Insole Court are delighted with the success of this application.”

He hoped they would be able to “secure the long-term future of the court that we have been campaigning for for 20 years”.

If the next stage of the application process is successful, responsibility will be handed to the newly formed Insole Court Trust. That is chaired by Captain Sir Norman Lloyd-Edwards, former Lord Lieutenant of South Glamorgan.

He said: “I am delighted that the Friends of Insole Court have been successful in this first phase of the application for community asset transfer funding.

“It will provide the foundation upon which the trust and the council together may at last be able build sufficient management momentum and funding to at last restore this estate, built as it was on the riches of the Rhondda, to its rightful place in the life of our city and the Valleys to the north.”

The community asset transfer programme – run by the Big Lottery Fund and the Welsh Government – has a £13m kitty for schemes this side of the border.

Nigel Howells, the council’s executive member for sport, leisure and culture, claimed receiving the initial £35,000 was “good news”.

He said: “We will continue to work with the trust and other associated parties to help complete the process.

“The success of stage one is encouraging, on what will be long journey, if resulting in a satisfactory conclusion.”

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  1. Guest August 1, 2011 at 8:12 am - Reply

    That sounds nice but as we are in an economic crisis at the present time it would be better spent on local services such as police, fire or ambulance (and no I am not employed by any of those services) as they are streached to capacity with no help at all or how about the air ambulance they at breaking point with no help at all what if someone fron the insole court wants use of the airt ambulance and they cannot afford to get them because they have run out of money they will soon complain then

    • Ian August 2, 2011 at 2:28 pm - Reply

      sorry, but while I understand your sentiment, the lottery grants (to my knowledge) cannot be paid to public bodies, only to registered charities. Our hard earned tax dollar should be paying for the police, firefighters, etc, instead of wars we have no place in. Perhaps you should write to your MP.

      Back OT, I think this is fantastic, Insole Court is a lovely place and its a shame its been derelict for so long.

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