Anglesey News for October 2006


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OCTOBER NEWS

Anglesey hosts Assembly Energy Debate

Renewable energy and carbon reduction were the hot topics in Amlwch Memorial Hall on Friday, 6 October.

The North Wales Regional Committee of the Welsh Assembly held its meeting in Amlwch and heard presentations from experts in energy saving and renewables.

Anglesey residents and the local business community also had the opportunity to raise matters of concern and ask questions.

Though this Assembly meeting was principally for discussing energy efficiency and renewables, the big issue of nuclear power was raised again.

Anglesey County Council Leader, Cllr. Gareth Winston Roberts drew the attention of the meeting to the need for a new nuclear power station at Wylfa. He said that over 84 per cent of Anglesey residents were in favour, according to an opinion poll.

For more information on the meeting click on the energy button on the left navigation bar.

Anglesey Oyster Festival Success

Trearddur Bay Hotel on Anglesey hosted the 11th Annual Oyster Festival last weekend. The ever more popular annual food festival drew big crowds of enthusiastic good food lovers over the four day event, held in a huge marquee at the hotel.

This was a showcase of the best of Anglesey food produce and the audience were treated to demonstrations by the exhibitors and had opportunities to sample delicious, fresh food and drink.

Whether it was oysters, wild honey, Welsh Black beef, blue cheese or a special toffee vodka, it was clear from the reaction of the visitors that the event was a real success.

One exhibitor, Toffoc from Llanbedrgoch, who make the toffee vodka spirit, has recently secured an order from China according to Padrig Huws, on of the co-directors.

And Mark Gulessarian, General Manager of Trearddur Bay Hotel said "the event has grown in popularity and goes from strength to strength. The gala dinner is so popular that one night is already sold out for next year."

Video clips of the festival and some of the exhibitors will shortly be released on this site. Look out for further announcements.

Holyhead Waterfront to lead Regeneration

Royal Haskoning, the international maritime consultant, has been commissioned by Anglesey County Council to see how Holyhead can reap maximum benefit from its extensive waterfront.

The study is being supported by Stena, the ferry company, and the Welsh Assembly Government, and aims to maximise economic potential from development of the inner harbour and outer harbour projects.

This will include likely developments near Soldiers Point in Porth-y-Felin and the recently completed 5 million pound Trinity Court apartment complex on Newry beach.

This property development is part of a 200 boat marina berth and there are plans to expand this to accommodate 500 boats.

Anglesey County Council Leader, Cllr. Gareth Winston Roberts said that Holyhead waterfront is "a major asset which can make a major contribution to the regeneration of the town and the rest of the island."

Anglesey sunny weather continues

Anglesey enjoyed a warm sunny weekend for the middle of October. From Friday to Sunday the island was bathed in beautiful warm sunshine.

A visitor not knowing what time of year it was would think we were still in summer.

Midday on Saturday at Malltraeth, south Anglesey was a glorious site. A brisk walk along the part of the Anglesey Coastal Path under a soft, clear blue sky was a perfect way to unwind.

Way out to sea we could see a solitary yacht making passage north westerly up the Anglesey coast. With hardly a breathe of wind, the boat seemed almost stationary.

Next to the Malltaeth causeway we could see fish swimming in the clear waters of the lagoon. And on the marshy ground some geese kept the attention of enthusiastic bird watchers and photographers.

Then westward between Rhosneigr and Cable Bay, the sea was so inviting. About a dozen keen surfers took up the challenge of a steady surf on the beach. While out to sea a couple more yachts motored by on a sun-kissed ocean.

On to Sunday and the temperatures were still around 17 to 18 degrees centigrade, with a steady high pressure of about 1020 mb. More sun today but the haze affected the normally excellent sea views from the top of Holyhead mountain.

So perhaps there is something about climate change that gives us long sunny days in October.

Holyhead Celtic Gateway Bridge Opens

The Celtic Gateway at the Port of Holyhead has been officially opened by the Welsh Assembly Economic Development Minister, Andrew Davies AM.

The 7 million pound state-of-the-art bridge was funded using European Union Objective One funds and is a great boost to the economy of Holyhead.

Linking the town of Holyhead to the port, the new bridge will act as a focal point for further regeneration, as has been done in other towns and cities in Britain and the rest of Europe.

It will in time come to be seen as a symbolic architectural landmark of the renewal of this Anglesey town.

Local MP, Albert Owen said: "Holyhead is the busiest port on the western seaboard of the UK, and this is a significant and timely investment in the regeneration of the local economy."

Canatxx LNG Ltd submits Plant Application

Canatxx LNG Ltd has formally submitted its planning application to Anglesey County Council for building a LNG regasification facility at the Great Lakes site in Amlwch.

Bruce Gibson, Canatxx Manager at Amlwch, said: "It is important that we inform all stakeholders of how the planning application progresses, with an indication of the likely project timetable".

Over 300 people attended the public exhibition in July during which Canatxx explained the project and gathered a wide range of views from residents.

The application is available for inspection at Amlwch town library and the planning department of Anglesey County Council.

Anglesey Nuclear Plant Consultation Results

Wylfa Power Station recently consulted with local residents on Anglesey about what they would like to see happen to the site at Wylfa after it stops generating electricity in 2010.

A questionnaire with a number of options was used and made available at the Anglesey Show and online between 11 August and 29 September 2006.

The results will contribute to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) review of the uses and end states of all its 20 UK civil nuclear sites.

Basically, the NDA review will see whether, for example, it will be better and less costly to redevelop a site for maybe industrial or commercial use than to go for a complete clearance and use as a nature conservation.

With all the responses received and analysed, it is clear that the most preferred option is to use the site for power generation (question 1). There were only two other options that had a favourable response, namely to re-use the site for commercial purposes (Q2) and use of the site for nature conservation (Q6).

The most strongly negative replies were for using the site for housing or care homes.

The next stage of the consultation process will involve presenting stakeholders with the three favoured options, and explaining the implications for cost, transport and local nuisance of each option.

Over the coming months Magnox Electric Ltd. will be arranging community road shows, including school visits, to explain how each option may affect residents on Anglesey.

To see the seven questions asked in the Wylfa stakeholders consultation click on "Wylfa" on the top left navigation bar.






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