Residents fight Newry Beach development plans

Published date: 18 February 2011 |
Published by: Jim Green
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ANGRY residents are vowing to fight to prevent a multi-million pound development in Holyhead going ahead.

The £100 million project to regenerate the town’s waterfront was backed by Holyhead Town Council in January but Newry Beach Residents Association has written to Anglesey County Council formally objecting to the plans.

Members voted overwhelmingly to oppose the scheme at a meeting at the Boat House hotel last Monday, February 7.

Chair of Newry Beach Residents Association, David Lloyd Williams said that local people had major concerns about the potential impact of the plans on the area.

“We are bringing the community together and they have made it clear that they don't want this development,” he says.

“They are concerned about the finances and worried about the safety of the scheme given the current state of the breakwater.

“This is a David and Goliath situation but we are determined to preserve the beach for the people of Holyhead.

“The town has very little for residents or tourists and Newry beach is the jewel in its crown.”

Plans submitted by developers Conygar Stena Line include a 500 berth marina, 150 apartments, 74 homes, an 80-bedroom hotel, shops and restaurants.

Holyhead town councillor and deputy chair of the residents association, John Knox-Crawford said: “We already have empty shops in the town and I don't believe there is a need for a development of this size.

“We are very worried about what the future holds for Holyhead. We need development but these plans are not the way forward.”

The association say they will be filing a petition objecting to the project in the near future.

A spokesman for Conygar Stena Line Ltd said that he could not comment on statements made in the meeting, as a representative did not attend.

However, the spokesman noted that Holyhead Town Council had “overwhelming” supported the plans.He added: “Our approximate investment in the proposed scheme if it obtains consent will be circa £100 million, and whilst naturally we are looking to make a return on our investment, the badly needed jobs created during construction and long term on completion of the scheme will spread the financial benefits to the town’s and the local economy.”

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