Fears for fu­ture of com­mu­nity

Caernarfon Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Eryl Crump

LANGUAGE cam­paign­ers claim the tourism in­dus­try in Gwynedd is “out of con­trol” and have urged coun­cil­lors to take ur­gent ac­tion to ad­dress their con­cerns.

Cylch yr Iaith, a Gwynedd-based Welsh language pres­sure group, have writ­ten to all 75 Gwynedd coun­cil­lors de­tail­ing their con­cerns and call­ing for a tourism pol­icy which pro­tects the char­ac­ter of lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and the Welsh language.

Group spokesman Howard Huws said they be­lieved the ex­ist­ing poli­cies and reg­u­la­tions are no longer rel­e­vant and tourism projects are al­lowed to be de­vel­oped with­out the ap­pro­pri­ate checks and bal­ances.

He claimed ma­jor tourism­re­lated de­vel­op­ments have been car­ried out dur­ing the last few years with lit­tle other de­vel­op­ment and said the im­bal­ance had had a neg­a­tive ef­fect on com­mu­ni­ties.

In the let­ter to coun­cil­lors, a copy of which has been seen by sis­ter pa­per, the Daily Post, the group states: “The county does not have a def­i­ni­tion of the lim­its in re­gard to tourism de­vel­op­ments and no mon­i­tor­ing and re­view­ing of the ef­fects on com­mu­ni­ties.

“There is a need for a pol­icy which is much firmer with clear, un­am­bigu­ous and con­sis­tent poli­cies in view of de­vel­op­ers, coun­cil­lors and tax­pay­ers.

“This will mean a reap­praisal of tourism poli­cies in their en­tirety, look­ing again at the na­ture, scale and lo­cal ben­e­fit of var­i­ous types of de­vel­op­ments.

“Gwynedd Coun­cil has lost grip on the sit­u­a­tion and Cylch yr Iaith urge the coun­cil to take ac­tion with­out de­lay.”

The let­ter, which makes de­tailed ref­er­ences to var­i­ous aca­demic stud­ies car­ried out in the past 60 years, does not re­fer to any re­cent tourism-re­lated projects that have taken place in the county.

The let­ter noted Cylch yr Iaith will cam­paign to en­sure Gwynedd Coun­cil and other county coun­cils in Wales take ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion to en­sure tourism in Wales is sus­tain­able, con­trib­ute pos­i­tively to sta­bilise com­mu­ni­ties and pro­tect the Welsh language.

A Gwynedd Coun­cil spokesper­son said: “We will give de­tailed con­sid­er­a­tion to Cylch yr Iaith’s let­ter and re­spond in full in due course.”

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