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Bailey Hill Lodge to be transferred to Mold Town Council

A COTTAGE on the site of an 11th century settlement in Mold is being transferred to the town council after being left empty for two years.

The Bailey Hill Lodge has been empty since May 2010 when the tenant, who acted as a custodian for the site, moved out.

More than 500 people signed a petition calling for Flintshire County Council, the owners of the land, to take action after concerns about escalating anti-social behaviour and vandalism at the heritage site.

But at a meeting of Mold Town Council last week clerk Fred Boneham revealed the county council had agreed to a request to transfer the lodge to the town council.

Mr Boneham said: “It may have taken a while but this is good news.”

He said the terms of the transfer would have to be agreed before the town council could take over the running of the building.

Repair work, estimated to cost about £30,000, will be carried out by the county council before the transfer.

Once the cottage has been transferred the council will look for a tenant.

Deputy mayor Geoff Collett said: “In the unlikely event that this goes ahead very quickly we need to be ready to let this building straight away.”

Councillors agreed to allow the clerk, mayor and deputy mayor to respond to Flintshire County Council before the next meeting if necessary.

Proposals to transform Bailey Hill into a performance space and tourist attraction were drawn up at the beginning of the year after 200 people took part in a consultation over its future.

The plans could see the lodge converted into a visitors centre and cafe.