HOLIDAY PARK SALE
Ex-councillor owner in prison
ORGANISERS of Bangor’s biggest ever festive event say it will act as a springboard to future extravaganzas after claiming it is the busiest the centre has been in 30 years.
Thousands of people packed the city’s streets to attend the first two-day Christmas Cracker featuring a European food market, bands and an ice rink.
The project which also saw performances from local choirs, a Santa’s Grotto and Christmas A HOLIDAY park owned by jailed former councillor John Arthur Jones has gone on the market for more than £2m.
Parc Cefni was set up by the former director of housing at Anglesey council, who is serving 18 months after being found guilty of endangering jets by shining a powerful torch as they flew over the park where he also lived.
Jurors at his trial earlier this year heard he had become obsessed with aircraft flying into RAF Mona, and caused dangerous distractions chalets, ended with a firework display on Saturday evening.
Hundreds of people lining the streets who came out to enjoy the event also took part in a mannequin challenge.
The Christmas Cracker event comes after a majority vote took place in April to create a Business Improvement District (BID) in the city to regenerate the appeal of the Wales’ longest High Street.
The team behind the event hailed it to be a “fantastic success”. to pilots during their night time training sorties.
Jones said he had adopted the dangerous practice after the RAF refused to alter their flight path to avoid his home.
He claimed he was worried about children in a nearby private nursery and his actions had nothing to do with the fact that none of the holiday lodges he was planning on the site had been sold, allegedly because people were put off by the noise of the jets.
The five acre facility near the Cefni reservoir on Anglesey is described by estate agents Carter
Haydn Davies, Chairman of Bangor BID board said Bangor has not seen its High Street so busy for decades.
“The whole event was brilliantly successful,” he said, “Friday was a success but the weather was against us. Saturday however was a fantastic day. We’ve never seen the high street busier in 30 years, it was incredible.
“The live entertainment which ran through the night was fantastic, we had local choirs and Jonas, who are marketing it at £2.25m, as an “exciting opportunity to buy an established business park and timber lodge holiday park”.
An office block on the site is mainly leased to small business owners, with planning permission in place to build 22 holiday lodges, a cafe and restaurant, and a private sewage treatment plant.
Businesses already established at Parc Cefni, which lies between Bodffordd and Llangefni, include a children’s nursery, ladies fitness suite, salon, gym, an accountant, web designers, engineers and a plumber. local bands, we had fake snow all over the High Street, it really was a winter wonderland.
“The atmosphere was brilliant and footfall was consistent over the whole weekend.”
Mr Davies said in the next couple of years, the Christmas event will be the “biggest and best in North Wales”.
“It was our first attempt at pulling a large event off but next year we hope to increase it again,” he added.
Speaking in 2004, when the holiday portion of the development first received planning permission, Jones said it would reap “massive benefits for Anglesey” and could put £500,000 into the local economy each year.
He said: “This will bring money and employment to Anglesey and will be beneficial to the island. I want this place to thrive, and people to come here and spend a lot of money on Anglesey.
“Then I want them to tell their friends and for them to come as well to see how wonderful Anglesey and its people are.”
The entrance to Parc Cefni holiday park
John Arthur Jones