Con­tentious gypsy site bid put to plan­ners

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A WALKER had to be air­lifted to hos­pi­tal after he was knocked un­con­scious dur­ing a fall in Snow­do­nia.

The 49-year-old was climb­ing Pen yr Ole Wen when he slipped and banged his head, Og­wen Val­ley Moun­tain Res­cue said.

Spokesman Chris Lloyd said: “We were called to go to the aid of a 49-year-old man from Manch­ester who was well-equipped.

“He and his friend were go­ing up Pen yr Ole Wen and were about halfway up when he stum­bled and banged his head. He was un­con­scious for a while and there was a lot of blood.

“Three peo­ple stopped and one of them was a nurse. They were able to tell us about his con­di­tion.

“We re­quested the Coast­guard he­li­copter and he picked up three team mem­bers – one of them a con­sul­tant doc­tor. We were

AFORMAL bid for a gypsy and trav­ellers’ site near the A55 has been sub­mit­ted to coun­cil plan­ners.

The pro­posed de­vel­op­ment at Star, be­tween Gaer­wen and Llan­fair­p­wll, is on land be­tween the A5 and A55 ex­press­way.

Ac­cord­ing to An­gle­sey Coun­cil, which has sub­mit­ted the bid, the de­vel­op­ment would re­duce the risk of unau­tho­rised en­camp­ments else­where and is ex­pected to be used by trav­ellers on their way to and from Ire­land.

A sep­a­rate bid for a per­ma­nent trav­ellers’ site at Pen­hes­gyn, near Me­nai Bridge, is also set to be sub­mit­ted im­mi­nently. winched down and were able to sta­blilise the man, who was then air­lifted to Ys­byty Gwynedd, Ban­gor.”

On Satur­day night a mem­ber of the same res­cue team was saved from se­ri­ous head in­jury by his hel­met after he slipped and slid down a snow-cov­ered Try­fan.

The ac­ci­dent hap­pened after a dra­matic res­cue op­er­a­tion by Og­wen Val­ley vol­un­teers, who helped three men in their 20s trapped on steep and dan­ger­ous ter­rain.

The res­cuer’s hel­met was shat­tered and he went to hos­pi­tal for a check-up.

Mr Lloyd said: “Three men from Telford had gone up the south ridge of Try­fan and were in­tend­ing to go down the north but the weather was very poor. At 5pm we got a call to say they were stuck in a gully. The moun­tain was to­tally black. It was very wet. They were in in snow and sleet and strong winds.”

The plans have proved to be con­tentious, how­ever, with pub­lic meet­ings held by lo­cal res­i­dents who fear the im­pact of such sites on their doorstep.

Ac­cord­ing to An­gle­sey Coun­cil, those re­sid­ing at both sites will be ex­pected to pay rates and rent, with Welsh Gov­ern­ment fund­ing be­ing sought to help pay for the de­vel­op­ments.

The sup­port­ing doc­u­ments for the Star site read: “The tem­po­rary stop­ping place is in­tended to pro­vide short-term ac­com­mo­da­tion for a max­i­mum of two to three weeks at a time. The site would be man­aged by IOACC hous­ing de­part­ment.

“The pro­posed site has been de­signed to ac­com­mo­date up to 10 car­a­vans and tow­ing ve­hi­cles at any one time. How­ever, should de­mand in­crease, an ad­di­tional two pitches could be ac­com­mo­dated.

“The lo­ca­tion be­tween the A5 and the A55 makes the site vis­ually con­tained in an area of low scenic value. The coun­cil in­tends to man­age the pro­posed site in-house so it can ex­er­cise the great­est con­trol over the day-to-day run­ning.”

A site man­ager will be re­spon­si­ble for se­cu­rity, check­ing arrivals and de­par­tures, ar­rang­ing for tem­po­rary toi­lets and showers, and col­lect­ing rents and de­posits. The coun­cil has also stressed a code of con­duct will be in place, with oc­cu­pants ex­pected to look after the site.

But let­ters of ob­jec­tion have al­ready been sub­mit­ted, with lo­cals fear­ing the im­pact. One wrote: “In the past we have ex­pe­ri­enced trav­ellers pass­ing through the area, leav­ing be­hind quite a large amount of mess and lit­ter. This caused is­sues with ro­dents and ver­min.

“We have also ex­pe­ri­enced a num­ber of thefts in the area. We have a good work­ing com­mu­nity and feel very strongly about this.

“The sug­ges­tion of plac­ing a trav­ellers camp in this area is not fea­si­ble. Not only will it lower house prices, it will cause our in­surance pre­mi­ums to soar over time. Ev­ery area a coun­cil has placed a trav­eller’s camp­site has seen large re­duc­tions in house prices and a large rise in dam­ages, thefts, fly-tip­ping etc.”

The ap­pli­ca­tion will be dis­cussed by An­gle­sey Coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee in the com­ing months.

Dra­matic pic­ture taken by vol­un­teers of Og­wen Val­ley Moun­tain Res­cue team

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