Concerns have been raised that the introduction of parking charges at a popular Gwynedd resort could drive away visitors for good.

Known for its views looking out towards the Llŷn Peninsula and Anglesey, Dinas Dinlle is one of the most visited beaches in Arfon and is one of the nearest beaches to Caernarfon and its surrounding villages.

But as part of plans to bring in more revenue to make up for dwindling revenue from central government, Gwynedd Council plans to introduce parking charges for the first time.

The council hopes that this will generate an extra £15,000 a year but this has not gone down well locally, with Llandwrog Community Council fearing  it could have an impact on businesses and reduce visitor numbers.

“Dinas Dinlle has enjoyed strong local support over many years because of its accessibility for people of a certain age and limited mobility,” said local man, Wynne Williams.

“Have the decision makers that serve on our councils not got the message that charging for parking has had a detrimental effect on our towns and will more than likely lead to the demise of major tourist attractions?

“Many will spend long hours on the beach several times a week, but the imposition of parking charges will certainly curtail their wellbeing.

“Also of great concern is the potential life threatening effect that could arrise when those trying to avoid paying the parking fee choose to park on the road the leads up to the location of the Air Ambulance and the Air and Sea Rescue helicopters that are based at the end of the beach.

“I would imagine that the three popular caravan sites and many small businesses sited in the village contribute substantial sums to the council’s coffers.”

Labour county councillor, Sion Jones, has also spoken out against the proposals, claiming there’s been a lack of investment there over recent years.

“15-20 years ago Dinas Dinlle was jam packed and to a large degree was the place to go, but this is an example where Gwynedd Council haven’t looked after a community asset properly.

“In my view, this latest move will just be the last nail in the coffin.”

In response, a Gwynedd Council spokesman pointed to the £13m funding gap facing the authority in 2019/20, which saw the full council approve a balanced budget including a 5.8% council tax rise and generating more income.

“One of the agreed plans was to introduce a seasonal parking fee for Dinas Dinlle beach as well as allowing wardens to take action against motorists who park illegally or inconsiderately – arrangements that are already in place on a number of other beaches within the county,” he said.

“It is anticipated that further preparations will be carried out over the coming weeks in order to fully develop the details.

“Whilst we understand the concern this may cause locally, every decision of this nature is a difficult one for the Council. Gwynedd – like the vast majority of councils across the country – has no choice but to consider every possible option in order to maintain those services that are most important to local people and avoid deep cuts.

“We look forward to working with the community to mitigate as much as possible any possible effects of this change on local people.”