LATEST - Residents hit out at Bangor 260-home plan
31 August 2012 |
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ANGRY RESIDENTS have criticised Gwynedd Council after developers announced plans to build 260 new homes near Bangor.
Residents from Penrhosgarnedd held an emergency public meeting last night to discuss the development, and said the authority had been, "secretive" over Redrow's purchase of a nine-hectare site between Ffordd Cynan and Ffordd Crywys housing estates.
Gwynedd council listed the site as a potential development as part of their Unitary Development Plan in 2001, but residents claim the authority had gone “behind their backs” over the recent sale of the land.
Penrhosgarnedd resident, Sue Adams said: “I think it’s very concerning that we've been kept in the dark over this. I’m disappointed that Gwynedd council aren’t keeping us informed about this.
Jim Hughes said: “It’s been very secretive and it’s just by chance that we’ve found out.
“It’s been brought to our attention tonight what’s going on behind our backs, it’s as simple as that.”
Around 100 people attended the meeting to discuss the plans, where residents also expressed concerns over traffic.
Julia Roberts, who organised the meeting, said that the influx of vehicles on Penrhos Road would cause “chaos” .
She said: “I can’t see how it would improve the traffic situation in the morning .
"The most important thing is the traffic on Penrhos road and how the impact that up to
“I hope there will be a little bit of a compromise somewhere. We pay our rates and they've got to listen to us. We won't let this happen without a fight.”
Robert Walter of Ffordd Crywys said: “That road is an accident waiting to happen, and someone is going to be killed, and if there’s heavy machinery coming in and out it’s going to be chaos.”
Gwynedd councillor for Pentir, John Wyn Williams was in attendance, and vowed to arrange another meeting in the near future with representatives from Redrow.
He said: “I know there are a lot of concerns about traffic. They cannot do anything until there’s an access road in place, and there is now an application in place.
“We’ll have a meeting with representatives from Redrow, and you can put them on the spot.”