A DECISION on new plans for a park and ride facility for nuclear workers is expected to be made next month.

The Isle of Anglesey County Council has submitted a bid for the resource near the Four Crosses tavern in Menai Bridge.

It would be used by workers helping to build and operate the proposed Wylfa Newydd nuclear plant.

The planning application, which has now been submitted to Anglesey council planning chiefs, would have enough spaces for 102 cars with an additional seven disabled parking spots.

If approved, the site would lie less than a mile from an existing public park and ride facility on the outskirts of Llanfairpwll.

Earlier proposals to build a park and ride facility for nuclear workers at Llanwnda, near Caernarfon, were shelved in March following local opposition.

Locals had argued it would create problems with rubbish and noise and would attract vandals as well as causing house prices to fall and a detrimental effect on the bat population in nearby woodland.

A environmental assessment, commissioned by Gwynedd Council officers, found factors which made the site unsuitable and officials concluded it would be best to shelve the plans.

Its still expected that a separate park and ride facility will be needed on the mainland, however, to alleviate pressure on pinch points such as the A487 approach to Caernarfon and the Britannia Bridge.

The planning statement accompanying Anglesey Council’s newest application, notes: “The scheme involves construction of a new car park on the green field site adjacent to the B5420 opposite the Four Crosses Inn as part of a proposed Park and Share initiative.

“The proposed access road to the development will be served by a new private single access road accessed directly from the B5420. The new access will be to current highway standards and this will serve the proposed park and ride development site.”

During a meeting of the authority’s planning committee last month, officers recommended that members should visit the site for themselves before the full application is presented for consideration.

Its expected that the item will be up for decision when the planning committee next meets on September 5.