‘Hood­wink’ claim over trav­ellers site plan

Bangor Mail - - NEWS -

COUN­CIL of­fi­cers have been ac­cused of ‘try­ing to hood­wink’ the pub­lic over plans for a trav­ellers’ site in cen­tral An­gle­sey.

Last week’s plan­ning com­mit­tee saw mem­bers dis­cuss a rec­om­men­da­tion for a site visit be­fore a full re­port is pre­sented to mem­bers. This was turned down amid con­cerns that proper pro­ce­dure was not be­ing fol­lowed.

In Jan­uary, the au­thor­ity sub­mit­ted the bid for 10 pitches be­tween Gaer­wen and Llan­fair­p­wll, on land be­tween the A5 and A55.

But the pro­pos­als have come un­der crit­i­cism lo­cally, with fears voiced of a rise in mess and low­ered house prices, de­spite of­fi­cers’ in­sis­tence it would re­duce the risk of unau­tho­rised en­camp­ments else­where.

Plan­ning com­mit­tee member and lo­cal coun­cil­lor Robin Wil­liams, told the meet­ing: “It’s clear to me that this (car­ry­ing out a site a visit) is spec­u­la­tion (at this stage.)

“We shouldn’t even be dis­cussing any site visit un­til the re­port is in front of us in full.

“I feel this is the next step in at­tempts to hood­wink lo­cal peo­ple, and ask that the com­mit­tee de­fer any de­ci­sion un­til the full re­port is ready.”

Ac­cord­ing to the au­thor­ity, those at the site will be ex­pected to pay rates and rent: Welsh Gov­ern­ment fund­ing is be­ing sought for the work.

It’s ex­pected that the ap­pli­ca­tion will be pre­sented in full to An­gle­sey’s plan­ning com­mit­tee over the com­ing months.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.