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Welsh Govt decides not to call in Holyhead leisure plan

The Welsh Government has decided not to call in controversial plans for a leisure village and hundreds of new homes at Holyhead on Anglesey.

The scheme, by Land and Lakes, promises 600 jobs at Anglesey Aluminium Metals and was approved by Anglesey Council's planning commmittee last November.

Opponents of the scheme have held protests on Anglesey. Credit: Land and Lakes

The Welsh Government's Minister for Housing and Regeneration, Carl Sargeant said Anglesey should determine the application as it sees fit.

Anglesey Councillor Arwel Roberts, said: “These plans represent the largest ever application to be submitted to the Isle of Anglesey Council."

“I am pleased with the Minister’s decision that the proposals should be determined by the local authority and we are now in a position to take the next steps and continue discussions with the developer.”


Man rescued at Holyhead port

The emergency services were called at 4.30am Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

A man's been rescued at Holyhead Port after being found clinging to a rope.

The town's inshore lifeboat and coastguards went to his aid after a member of the RNLI, heard shouts for help at around 4.30am.

Rescuers said the man, in his late 20s and believed to be from Manchester was 'extremely lucky.'

A coastguard spokesman said, "There is no indication as to how he got into the water and what he was doing in the secure port area."

He was rescued by the lifeboat and taken to Bangor hospital suffering with suspected hypothermia.


Rally in favour of 600 job holiday development plan

Critics say the holiday park would damage the Penrhos Coastal Park. Credit:

Supporters of a proposal to build a multi-million pound leisure park in Holyhead will rally at the site today claiming the area needs the jobs it promises to create.

The plans have been heavily criticised by those who say it will damage the natural beauty of Anglesey.

Those in favour will gather at the former Anglesey Aluminium Metals site where the developers, Land And Lakes, want to create a Center Parcs-style development and also build hundreds of homes on 630 acres.

The leisure park could create 600 jobs say developers. Credit:

Despite the objections planning officers on Anglesey council now recommended *the application by Land and Lakes *for approval when it goes before the planning committee next Wednesday.

At Penrhos, the proposals include 500 lodges a water sports centre, and restaurants. At Cae Glas there would be 315 lodges and a 75 bed hotel and at Kingsland a 360 house development of energy efficient homes - which would be put up for sale including an affordable housing provision.

The village accommodation would initially be used by construction workers at the Wylfa B nuclear power station on the island.

The devlopent would initially house contruction workers at Wylfa B nuclear plant. Credit:

Wales "left off" Europe's priority transport network

The EU map shows Liverpool, not Holyhead, as the main route to Dublin Credit: Plaid Cymru

Plaid Cymru is blaming the UK government for leaving Wales off an EU map of priority transport corridors entitled to a share of €26 billion. The so-called TEN-T network indicates the ferry from Liverpool to Dublin as the main route between Britain and Ireland. The A55 to Holyhead is not shown.

Plaid MEP Jill Evans has claimed that the map is based on information given to the European Commission by the UK government. She described it as "another act of betrayal by the UK government against Wales". Ms Evans added that she will be taking the matter up with the Commission.

Welsh routes could still be included in a revised map of Europe's core transport network and so also be eligible for EU aid. But the priority corridors which leave Wales out are expected to have first claim on the money.

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Anglesey leisure resort - to create 600 jobs - rejected

Councillors on Anglesey have rejected plans for a massive new leisure resort that is designed to create 600 jobs.

The project involved 800 lodges and other leisure faciilities at three sites near Holyhead.

It divided opinion in the town, between those who want more jobs and those who are concerned about the environment.

Anglesey leisure resort plan rejected

The proposal was for a flagship leisure park near on three sites near Holyhead. Credit: Land and Lakes

A proposal for a massive new leisure resort, which developers say could create 600 jobs, has been rejected by Anglesey County Council.

The plan, from developers Land and Lakes, would include around 800 lodges, at Penrhos, Cae Glas and Kingsland.

It was refused by the council's Planning and Orders Committee this afternoon.

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