£3m Investment from the Duchy of Lancaster14th July 2014
Last week, Chief Finance Officer for the Duchy of Lancaster, Chris Adcock, met with local Lancaster journalist Nick Lakin from the Lancaster Guardian to discuss the current situation at Lancaster Castle.
Mr Adcock confirmed that the Duchy of Lancaster will embark on major essential repair, maintenance and weatherproofing work at the castle over the next 18 months to two years. This equates to an estimated £3 million investment by the Duchy in what is an important, historic English landmark.
"Such maintenance work is a vital aspect of the preservation and long-term viability of the site," said Mr Adcock. "Lancaster Castle has been around for many centuries and the Duchy is committed to taking as long as necessary to make the correct decision over its future. The Duchy is still in the consultation phase, is hugely grateful for the large amount of attention the castle is receiving, and at this stage nothing has yet been discounted."
"Our immediate intention is to maintain the castle as a major events venue for both local people of Lancaster and visitors from further afield. We aim to have it recognised and visited by a much wider and more diverse range of people. In the short term, we will continue to accommodate events and open up additional areas around the castle's courtyard where it is commercial viable to do so. The castle is expensive to maintain and events are one way of subsidising the ongoing running costs to ensure members of the public can continue to enjoy visiting one of the country's most fascinating landmarks."
"For the time being the courtyard will remain freely open for the public during the day, with a small cost for attendance at major, organised events."