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