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Llandudno hotel bosses meet MP over UPVC windows row

Category: Wales

Published: 24th Mar 2012 17:01:26

Hoteliers have met their MP to discuss concerns they may have to remove windows fitted up to 30 years ago.

The Llandudno hoteliers are angry that Conwy council wants modern UPVC windows replaced with wooden-framed single glazed sash windows.

More than 30 hoteliers and other business representatives met Aberconwy MP Guto Bebb to raise their concerns.

Conwy council says it has a duty to preserve listed buildings and conservation areas

Some hoteliers said they face a battle for survival and accused the council of being "heavy-handed" in its approach as some of the windows were fitted 30 years ago at the Victorian resort.

The council has a responsibility towards the business community particularly in this economic climate”

After Saturday's meeting, Mr Bebb said: "There is a commitment to the conservation area and listed building status from the business community.

"Nobody here is opposed to having specific standards for windows but want them to be implemented as and when they come up for replacement."

He said: "The council has a responsibility towards the business community, particularly in this economic climate."

Council officials have claimed that unauthorised UPVC windows and doors "have diluted the special character of historic areas and damaged listed buildings".

David Williams, chairman of the Llandudno Hospitality Association, which represents hoteliers, has said that some of the affected properties have changed hands, and perhaps the windows were put a number of years ago.

Mr Williams has argued that they should not be expected to "replace them with new windows costing thousands of pounds in the present financial climate".

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