Holm island in the Bristol Channel looks set to go on sale
familiar sight in the Bristol Channel just a few miles from Brean
looks set to be placed on sale.
has emerged this week that cash-strapped Cardiff Council, which
owns and runs Flat Holm island as a tourist attraction, is considering
council's financial cuts have led to it selling off a boat that
takes visitors to the island in the summer months, thereby stopping
any future visits and putting the island or at least the
32 years remaining on the lease they hold up for sale.
consultation exercise on the islands future has heard representations
that Cardiff should team up with local authorities in Somerset
to invest more in Flat Holm, but now Cardiff is putting the island
up for sale, anybody could buy it.
visitor and income profile for Flat Holm demonstrates that demand
for the island is highly concentrated in the summer months and
is insufficient to cover the operating costs of the facility,"
states a council report.
is proposed to cease all visits to the island, and dispose of
the island to a third party with no further council involvement.
Visits to the island could be ceased promptly while options for
disposal are explored."
Lipton, who has been living on Flat Holm as its warden for four
years, said he hopes it would be sold to someone who would respect
the "uniqueness" of the island.
a cultural and historical site of importance, as well as for wildlife,"
he said. "It has a wide and varied history and we've done
a lot of work to restore many parts of it. I just hope it doesn't
all go to rack and ruin, and I hope a wildlife organisation might
island has a farmhouse and in Victorian times was run by English
families. Its sole claim to fame is being the location where Marconi
made the first radio transmission across open water. It was also
used as an isolation hospital for sailors arriving at Cardiff
docks with cholera.
Clifford, the island's education officer who helps school children
visit the island, said it is an important place as it is used
to teach children about history, nature, science and climate change.
really important that the right person buys it - someone that
has the right aims for the island and are not trying to make it
into a commercial venture," he added.
Cardiff Council spokesman said that no final decisions have yet
been made, but anyone with an interest in the island should contact
island is considered to be a part of Wales while Steep Holm, the
smaller island closer to Brean Down, is part of England.