Listen to residents over Holyhead waterfront, councillors told

Reporter:

Geraint Jones

MEETING of Holyhead Town Council supported Conygar Stenaline’s residential and retail development for the economic benefits it would bring to Holyhead.

However, Newry Beach Residents Association is planning a public meeting on the development, and has collected more than 4,000 signatures on a petition against the plans.

Chairman David Lloyd-Williams said: “Nobody wants this as far as I can see, apart from a few Holyhead town councilliors.

“The message would be to listen to the people of Holyhead. We don’t want it.”
The development would include a marina, restaurants, shops, waterfront houses and a hotel.

However, Mr Lloyd-Williams said he was concerned over possible effects on wildlife and the Welsh language.
 
He added that it would be dangerous to build on the site, as marine consultants Castle of Chester found that Holyhead breakwater could breach within 15 years.

Councilors said a legal agreement should be drawn up for Conygar Stena to become responsible maintenance of the Holyhead Breakwater, and that a section 102 agreement is put in place before any application is granted.

The meeting agreed to request that ownership of the greens on Newry Beach is passed to the council after agreed landscaping works are carried out
Holyhead town clerk Cliff Everett said that letters from Anglesey Council and the British Railway Board confirmed that Conygar had no legal responsibilty to maintain the breakwater.

He added: “Holyhead Town Council represents about 11,000 people and most of the people support it, from the feedback we’ve had.”

A spokesman for Conygar said: “Should planning consent be granted, it would then be subject to a Section 106 agreement, which could encompass proposal from various local parties. “

The spokesman stressed that it had put an outline planning application, and before the development could go forward, it would require a further detailed application to settle design issues.

He added: “During that time, there would be full consultation with all local interests.”

Anglesey Council’s planning committee was due to discuss the outline application yesterday.

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