Caernarfon Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Amelia Shaw

A CAR park “rid­dled with pot­holes” can­not be fully resur­faced due to the risk of flood­ing.

That’s the claim of Gwynedd coun­cil af­ter a Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quest re­vealed that in April it spent £400 on 20 tonnes of fill ma­te­rial for Glan Y Don car park, Pwll­heli.

Less than five months later the holes have re­turned, with lo­cal res­i­dents com­plain­ing they could cause dam­age to ve­hi­cles and even whiplash.

The car park, pri­mar­ily used by beach go­ers and those vis­it­ing the £9m Plas Heli sail­ing academy, has not been com­pletely resur­faced since 2012.

One res­i­dent who fre­quently walks her dog along the beach, com­pared driv­ing over the holes to “rid­ing on the back of a camel or an ele­phant”.

Car park users are now urg­ing the lo­cal author­ity to resur­face the en­tire area to pre­vent fur­ther re­pair costs, but a spokesper­son for the coun­cil said this is not an op­tion.

Jonathan Roberts, a for­mer town coun­cil­lor for Pwll­heli, said: “It’s ridicu­lous that Gwynedd coun­cil waste £400 a time fill­ing the holes.

“What­ever Tar­ma­ck­ing the place is go­ing to cost has to be cheaper in the long run.

“The coun­cil has a long his­tory of patch­ing things up on a short-term ba­sis.

“The state of the car park is a dis­grace to the town of Pwll­heli and no other tourist town would put up with it.”

Gwynedd coun­cil has now said it will be re­view­ing main­te­nance ar­range­ments over the next few months.

A spokesper­son said: “We have seen an in­crease in the use made of the car park in re­cent years, which has caused fur­ther de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of the sur­face.

“Im­me­di­ate re­pair works were ar­ranged ear­lier in the year, and we are aware that fur­ther work will need to be car­ried out fol­low­ing the sum­mer sea­son.

“Given the sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in the num­ber of ve­hi­cles us­ing the car park, we will be re­view­ing our longer term main­te­nance ar­range­ments over the next few months. We will also be in­ves­ti­gat­ing pos­si­ble fund­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to carry out fur­ther im­prove­ments to the car park.

“We are aware some are call­ing on the coun­cil to sim­ply Tar­mac the en­tire car park.

“How­ever, this could lead to in­creased lev­els of sur­face wa­ter which could lead to pos­si­ble flood­ing is­sues for ad­join­ing prop­er­ties.”

Glan Y Don car park in Pwll­heli is ‘rid­dled with pot­holes’

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