Public access and the integrity of Westport House need to be maintained, say An Taisce
The report today that Westport House is proposed to be sold by the Browne Family threatens the future of a major heritage and tourism asset.
The furure of Westport should be secured by a partnership solution to secure the future and integrity of the house, grounds and contents.
An Taisce’s Heritage Officer Ian Lumley stated:
‘Public access to Westport House and grounds has been available for more than 50 years and its sale threatens a major part of heritage tourism in the region. So we want a resolution that means people can continue to view and appreciate this historical house and its grounds.'
‘The future of Westport needs a resolution which would secure the long term future of the house, grounds and woodlands and remaining amenity land. This should be based on a cooperative solution between the Browne Family, NAMA, State Heritage and Tourism Agencies and Mayo County Council.’
Ian Lumley, An Taisce Heritage Officer Tel: +353 1 454 1786
Charles Stanley-Smith, Communications, An Taisce Tel: +353 87 241 1995
An Taisce The National Trust for Ireland