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More time for Snowdon café appeal
Old-look café on Snowdon
The old café is set to be demolished
Organisers of an appeal to build a new cafe at the top of Snowdon have been given more time to raise money.

Snowdonia Summit Appeal Campaign has collected £7.3m from the public and private sector but needs another £1.7m.

Welsh European Funding Office (Wefo) set a deadline of 30 June 2005 but has now extended it to 30 September.

The replacement building for the current cafe, which Prince Charles once famously called "a slum", would also include a visitor centre.

The appeal campaign is a partnership between the Snowdonia National Park Authority and the Snowdonia Society.

Plans for the new café have been drawn up

The authority's chief executive, Aneurin Phillips, said: "We are again extremely grateful for Wefo and the (Welsh) assembly's continuing support and cooperation in helping us move this project forward.

"Extending the deadline enables us to continue our work in following up contacts with potential contributors and continue with our appeal to the general public."

About £7m had been raised from major donors and public funding, while another £334,000 has been donated by individuals.

The society's operations director, Dan James, said: "The positive response from all those who have contributed so far has been most welcome and very encouraging."

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