IT IS feared the Beaumaris tourist trade could be hit if no agreement can be reached over a temporary site for coach parking.

Work is currently taking place in the town on a flood alleviation scheme.

As a result, The Castle coach car park is currently being used as a works compound.

It will be needed for a diversionary route into Beaumaris when the B5109 road is closed as part of the scheme.

Isle of Anglesey County Council had hoped to use Beaumaris Green as its preferred alternative option for visiting coaches.

But a council spokesman said no agreement has so far been reached with Beaumaris Town Council.

Beaumaris is a regular destination for cruise ship passengers docking in Holyhead and for tourists in North Wales.

But concern has been voiced over the potential impact an ongoing stalemate over the coach parking issue would cause.

Cllr Bob Parry, county council highways portfolio holder, said: “Unfortunately, our efforts to secure part of Beaumaris Green as an alternative for coaches to park have so far come to nothing.

“Coach companies bringing cruise ship passengers into the town have already indicated that out of town parking would be unacceptable.

"In the absence of any real alternatives, I would urge the town council to work with us to ensure Beaumaris continues to benefit from vital cruise trade.”

But there is hope that a breakthrough could soon be made.

Cllr Parry said: “I’m pleased that a special meeting of the town council has been arranged for early next week and hopeful that a suitable arrangement can be agreed.

"Unless we sort this quickly, I’m concerned that this matter could jeopardise the town’s future as a destination of choice for thousands of cruise ship passengers.”

The county council has already raised the possibility of making improvements to Beaumaris Green to accommodate coaches if an agreement can be reached with the town council.

Seiriol ward councillors Carwyn Jones, Lewis Davies and Alun Roberts have said they want to see the situation resolved quickly.

In a joint statement, they said: “We recognise that the flood alleviation scheme is vital to the town, but local businesses just can’t afford to lose trade from visiting coaches.

"We would ask all interested parties to work in partnership to find a solution as quickly as possible.”