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£100k pledge to aid Holyhead marina clean-up

The devastation in Holyhead following Storm Emma Photo:

First Minister Carwyn Jones is visiting Holyhead Marina today to offer £100,000 towards the clean-up operation following the devastation of Storm Emma earlier this year.

The Welsh Government hopes the money, which will be given to Anglesey Council, could also be used to support local businesses and attract tourism to the area.

The announcement comes on the day the town welcomes its first cruise ship of the season.

Storm Emma, which hit the north coast of Wales in March, caused severe damage to the infrastructure of the marina, as well as destroying around 75 boats.

Some boat owners have been critical of the speed of the clean-up. An estimated 40 tonnes of polystyrene and 3000 litres of oil has already been recovered from the marina and neighbouring beaches. But locals have said there is still much more to do.

Cllr Llinos Medi, Leader, Isle of Anglesey Council Credit: Isle of Anglesey Council

Welcoming the funding, Anglesey Council Leader, Cllr Llinos Medi, said, “There has been tremendous damage caused to the marina and local businesses are suffering, but the impact on our environment and beaches through polystyrene pollution has also been considerable.

"Thankfully, everyone, from businesses to volunteers, has pulled together to tackle this terrible incident and we are now working towards recovery.”

Ahead of his visit, the First Minister said: "I am hopeful the support I am announcing today can be used by the Council to support those local businesses affected, as well as to further promote tourism here and show potential visitors that Holyhead continues to be ‘open for business’ .

“I know that this morning Holyhead is welcoming the first cruise ship of the season which is also the inaugural visit of the Viking Sun ship to Holyhead – and to Wales. This is great news for the town and surrounding region, and shows the great potential for the future of the area."