A TRUST set up to support and generate future development of the medieval village at Cosmeston Lakes Country Park has been given the green light by the Vale of Glamorgan council.

Supporters of the struggling tourist attraction, which is run by the local authority but suffered under budget cuts last year, voiced “considerable concern” at the time about the potential loss of the only archeological site of its kind in the UK.

A campaign group was established, protests were held and more than 2,500 people signed a petition to save it.

And now after months of discussions, the newly-formed notfor- profit Cosmeston Medieval Village Trust will work with council officers to breathe new life into the village.

In a recent report to councillors Cllr Gwyn John, cabinet member for leisure, parks, culture and sports development said: “There would be benefit in the council engaging formally with the trust on fundraising, volunteer activity and an events programme only, whilst discussions progress and the group develops and perhaps demonstrates capacity.”

Bob Guy, operational manager for countryside and economic projects at the local authority, confirmed the partnership agreement.

“This does not relate to the management of the village, nor any direct changes to how the village operates, but to fundraising and volunteer activity generated by the trust.

“We are currently planning a launch event to boost the trust’s membership and raise funds, and will provide more information shortly.”

Trust chair Nigel Adams said the group plan to present their ideas at a public meeting next month.

“The aim is to work with the Vale council in partnership to help ensure its sustainable development and further archaeological investigation,” he said.

“The village is too imporant a resource to lose.”

The meeting on March 13 is at the Old School, Sully Road from 7pm where new members and volunteers will also have the option to join.