Holywell sculpture 'will put our town on the map'


Jamie Nield-Siddall

THE Holywell community has been urged to celebrate a sculpture destined for the town’s high street.

The calls come after some residents said the money should be spent elsewhere.

Roberta Owen, from the Transition Holywell and District group, has highlighted that less than 10 per cent of the funds were from Flintshire Council – with the money mainly coming from European Funds through Cadwyn Clwyd Rural Development Agency.

“There seems to be some disquiet in Holywell about the forthcoming sculpture, with some saying the money should be spent instead on the leisure centre,“ she said.

“The thinking which several years ago prompted the group’s volunteers to apply for a grant for this heritage project, was to attract more visitors into Holywell High Street by connecting the town’s main attractions, and to help put Holywell on the tourist map.

“If Holywell hadn’t won this funding it would no doubt have gone to Flint, Mold, or some other enterprising Flintshire town.”

Roberta said other improvements earmarked for the town, including a dedicated coach-parking area off the inner relief road, opposite Tesco near Tower Gardens,is also aimed at attracting more visitors to the town.

“Virtually all of the money for these enhancements has come from the European Regional Development Fund and the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007-2013 – in other words, the Welsh Government and the EU,” she added.

“The launch of the Heritage Trail and unveiling of the sculpture will take place on October 11 to celebrate the unique assets of this town, which will be showcased on this day to the rest of Wales and beyond.

“This is an opportunity for Holywell people to celebrate the town’s unique assets.”

Artist Michael Johnson, who is currently working on the sculpture, said it will represent the connection between St Beuno and St Winefride and his authority to go on and convert North Wales to Christianity.

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