Fears water works to cut off part of Island


Tomos Hughes

PLANS to carry out water works in Beaumaris have been met with stern opposition, due to the potential congestion it would cause.

Welsh Water is looking to carry out works at two properties on Castle Street, which could involve a closure of the main route through the town for up to six weeks in February 2013.

Officials from the company attended a town council meeting on Monday to discuss the proposals, with councillors expressing opposition to the closure of Castle Road.

Cllr Stan Zalot said: “All I can say is no. We’ve got to get a school bus, a fire engine and an ambulance down there. Now Houston, we have a problem. It will bring this town to a standstill.

“The devastation and inconvenience you’re going to cause will be phenomenal.

“What you’re proposing will shut this town dead. It will cut off the whole of the south east of Anglesey.

“We appreciate you for coming to help these houses, but we have to look at the bigger picture.”

Cllr John Jones said: “If you cut off the main street in Beaumaris, you’re also cutting off Llanfaes, Penmon and Llangoed.”

Town Clerk Trevor Ashenden expressed concern that the road closure could impact on local businesses, including the town council itself, which relies on money spent at car parks in the town for its own income.

He said: “Are you going to compensate businesses, and the council, for the massive loss of revenue they will suffer

Every business around town, including us, will be adversely affected. You have to question how much money it’s going to cause the individuals from the area.”

Jill Roberts of Welsh Water said: “This is your community, and we know that this will be disruptive, so we’re gald you’ve expressed your concerns.”

Welsh Water will now work with the council to find an alternative route to the Castle Street work site.

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