Contentious gypsy site bid put to planners
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