Sunday, 8 July 2007

Caernarfon Community Profile

Hi Again,

Caernarfon Online and have recently been sent a questionnaire on behalf of CADW to give our thoughts on the effect of the castle, town walls, heritage status effects the local economy and community. We understand Gwynedd Councillors have also been contacted, as well as others with direct involvement within the community.

Shortly, the castle will be visited by a representative of the World Heritage group and concerns have already been raised about the 'Caernarfon Eye Sore' (as it has been dubbed by locals) being placed so close to the castle and we really hope this does not affect the visit in any way.

We will look at the questionnaire very carefully before sending in our input and we hope councillors and others who have received the same, take great care in sending in their replies.

We all have our own opinion about the town and the correct way forward for it.
Personally I don't think it's right for the town to put the Market Traders business in jeopardy and many of them have complained about the loss in trade following last years fiasco.
The Town has a certain standard to uphold and to have the 'Caernarfon Eye Sore' so close to the castle is an outrage. I, for one, hope it doesn't have a negative effect on the town and our status!

Here is a copy of the letter we received.

Dear Mr Edwards Caernarfon Online,

We have recently been commissioned by CADW, the Welsh Assembly Government’s Historic Environment Service, to profile communities living near to monuments in its care. The purpose of this exercise is to provide CADW with information about the characteristics of the local community, including interests and activities, as well as the difficulties and opportunities that matter most to it. This information will help CADW to establish priorities for the monuments in their care. It is also hoped that the community profiles will inform and enhance partnership working in the local area.
As part of the community profiling process, we would like to consult local stakeholders such as yourself in order to improve our understanding of Caernarfon Castle and Town Walls and their standing within the community. We have designed a short questionnaire to support this consultation, which you will find attached to this email. We would be extremely grateful if you could complete the questionnaire and return it to us by Friday 20th July 2007. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch, either by phone or by email.
Thank you in advance for participating in this consultation. Your views are very important to us.

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