‘They’ll treat the place like a rub­bish dump and a toi­let’

Bangor Mail - - NEWS -

PLANS to build a 110-ve­hi­cle park and ride to serve work­ers at a new nu­clear power sta­tion have an­gered res­i­dents in a small Gwynedd ham­let.

Crit­ics say the scheme, which would ex­tend the car park serv­ing the Lon Ei­fion cy­cle path at Llan­wnda near Caernar­fon, will cre­ate prob­lems with rub­bish and noise, de­crease the value of homes, and at­tract van­dals.

The coun­cil says it would be used as a park­ing fa­cil­ity for work­ers at An­gle­sey’s pro­posed Wylfa Newydd nu­clear plant, which is 40 miles away.

Tu­dor Hughes, who lives nearby, said: “It will cre­ate an M1-type ser­vice sta­tion. If peo­ple come here and park overnight, they will treat the place like a rub­bish dump.There will be lit­ter ev­ery­where and some will use the foot­path as a toi­let.”

Mr Hughes said his car has al­ready been van­dalised while it was in the ex­ist­ing car park.

“Some­one took a fence post and put it through the rear win­dow,” he said.

An­other res­i­dent said: “It’s a good idea in prin­ci­ple: build park and rides ei­ther side of the by­pass and travel into Caernar­fon to work.

“Whether there will be buses to travel into town is an­other mat­ter, but Wylfa is a step too far.”

Lo­cal coun­cil­lor Aeron Mald­wyn Jones said: “The plans are to build a car park for 110 cars in this small ham­let of about 15 houses. I think that is way too much for here. The rea­son I’ve been told is be­cause of the developmen­t at Wylfa. They need some­where where peo­ple can park their cars and travel in one car to Wylfa.

“My ar­gu­ment is they’re go­ing to be building a new by­pass here soon, so why not wait and build some­thing on that by­pass? There’s no fund­ing yet in place to build this here.”

Cllr Jones said res­i­dents are con­cerned about peo­ple play­ing mu­sic late at night while parked up.

He said: “Con­sider that Wylfa will be op­er­at­ing on a shift ba­sis; cars will be com­ing and go­ing all through the night keep­ing peo­ple awake.

“It might also at­tract peo­ple who break into cars. Peo­ple have sheds with valu­able items in them and I’m wor­ried about that as well.

“This site is on the flight path for the Lesser Horse­hoe Bat as well, which means I don’t think this is the right spot for a car park.”

A Gwynedd Coun­cil spokesman said: “We are work­ing with the Welsh Gov­ern­ment to de­velop a pro­posal for a pos­si­ble park and share fa­cil­ity at Llan­wnda.

“This would be used as a park­ing fa­cil­ity for work­ers at the pro­posed Wylfa Newydd fa­cil­ity in the first in­stance, as well as a fa­cil­ity for those us­ing the nearby Lon Ei­fion path, and those wish­ing to share lifts to work in var­i­ous lo­ca­tions within the county.” TU­DOR HUGHES

Some­one took a fence post and put it through car’s rear win­dow

Res­i­dent Tu­dor Hughes with Cllr Aeron Jones at the pro­posed site for a 110-car park and ride

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