Funds were raised by public subscription, from earlier Bagillt Heritage Society projects, and from Bagillt Community Council donations. Flintshire County Council were approached to assist in the lighting scheme and their officers provided a costed agreed plan for a lighting scheme. Arrangements to get the work done with a contractor had broken down by this time due to the long time it had taken to take the project forward, however, by April 2006 the Bagillt Heritage Society were seeking assurances from Flintshire County Councils officer that the work on the lighting scheme could be completed by November 2006. At this stage the Bagillt Heritage Society were told that the works should be completed. The Society had sufficient funding to proceed, although it would have not been possible to do all the additional works in one go and would have curtailed any future projects that the Society had discussed. Nothing happened despite repeated attempts to see what the holdup was with the Flintshire County Council official.


In June 2006 the Bagillt Heritage Society applied to the Flintshire Community Trust for a grant towards the work. It was indicated to the society, following a site meeting between the Bagillt Heritage Society officers, Flintshire County Council's officer and the officer for the Flintshire Community Trust that a grant of £9,000 might be made available subject to up to date (original estimates were by this time 18 months out of date) estimates and suitable re-wording of the scheme proposal provided by the Flintshire County Council officer who agreed that this would be forthcoming within a couple of weeks. The changes never emerged and despite several attempts to contact the officer, messages left at his office and intervention by a local council member, nothing was received to be forwarded to the Flintshire Community Trust. By early December 2006 the Bagillt Heritage Society received a letter from the Flintshire Community Trust saying that the offer of a grant was withdrawn as we had not been able to provide a detailed scheme and estimates.


At this point the officers of the Bagillt Heritage Society decided to press on and manage the project independently. To this end we have planned the project from within our own resources and will publish the details of this when we have accurate estimates. The Society intends to start work on the project from its own limited resources by December 2006. The officers feel let down by the response we have not had from Flintshire County Council. The loss of a potential £9,000 of additional funding cannot be understated, especially in terms of its impact on our next planned project which will now be postponed, however, to not have acted now and start these much needed works would not have been acceptable either.