A formerly secret World War II and Cold War naval communications centre in Powys has been branded a blot on the landscape after years of vandalism. The Criggion radio station near Welshpool shut a decade ago but since then has been “abandoned and left to rot”, claims a local councillor. Graham Brown said its buildings were the target of thieves and windows had been smashed.
Owner BT is reviewing the site’s future and says it will clear the rubbish. For 60 years the Criggion station and its three 700ft (210m) radio masts and three 600ft (180m) towers were a part of the scenery near Welshpool on the Powys/Shropshire border.
Built during WWII, it was used to keep the Admiralty in contact with Royal Navy ships around the world.