Caernarfon Castle will continue to be supported through the new funding. © Cadw
Welsh heritage has received a boost with an additional £36m of funding being announced by Welsh Assembly Heritage Minister Rhodri Glyn Thomas on November 7.
The extra cash was made available to meet the heritage commitments made in the One Wales coalition agreement between Labour and Plaid Cymru in June 2007.
"I'm delighted that the budget for heritage will increase over the next three years, and am confident that the draft budget will enable us to achieve all our One Wales commitments," said Mr Thomas.
“Creating an environment where Wales’ creative potential can develop and flourish is a key priority for this portfolio. We will be working with our partners on the Arts Strategy Board to implement the recommendations of the Stephens [Arts Review] Report and a £4.5m merit pot will be available over the next three years to reward the very best of our companies.”
“This is an exciting new area of funding that will encourage innovation and the pursuit of excellence in the arts and reward high-performing organisations and individuals.”
The minister also said that a key priority was to align the work of Visit Wales, the Assembly’s tourism organisation, with Cadw, the historic environment service, by creating a Sustainable Tourism Action Plan and updating the Cultural Tourism strategy for Wales.
Cadw will continue its programme of improvements to visitor attractions, such as work on the Denbigh town walls, developments at Tretower Court near Brecon and improved access and new visitor facilities at the Caernarfon Castle World Heritage Site.
The funding will also include a continued commitment to a programme of capital investment and refurbishment of Wales’ public library network, working alongside continued investment in technology in libraries.