Council could put island up for sale


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THE long-term future of Flat Holm island has been cast in doubt after it was revealed it could soon be put up for sale.

The tourist destination, situated in the Bristol Channel halfway between Weston and Wales, is owned by Cardiff Council and the authority is considering selling it to save cash.

A statement placed on the island’s website revealed the council is making a regular loss on funding trips to and from the tourist attraction each year.

If the decision to sell the island and its boats is ratified at the council’s budget meeting at the end of February, any potential deal could affect businesses in Weston.

WM Marine offers regular boat trips to the island from Knightstone Causeway between April and October and if Flat Holm is sold to a private owner, it could be prevented from visiting in the future.

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Martin Woolls, who set up tours to the island in 2011, said he was not prepared to discuss the implications until Cardiff Council had made a final decision.

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