Beaumaris Marina Law Change Hope
by Sarah Jones
A £14m plan to develop a 400 berth marina at Gallows Point, Beaumaris has been given a lifeline after the Government announced it may amend the Fisheries Act 1962.
The House of Lords had previously thrown out an appeal by Anglesey Boat Company (ABC) to develop the site on mussel and oyster beds in the Menai Straits.
There now seems a new dynamic so that the project which could create 150 jobs may once again be back on track.
Previously, the local mussel and oyster fishing companies had objected to the proposals using the Oyster and Mussel Fishery Order in 1962 Act, under which there could be no development along the seabed which could potentially harm the local fishing industry.
Now the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) wants to amend the law in such a way that a landowner can make a change if they want a development on the land.
If the amendments become law in the autumn then ABC could formally request Crown Estates, owners of the seabed, to allow their project to proceed.
Understandably the reaction of the local mussel and oyster fishing community was one of profound disappointment, with James Wilson of mussel company Deepdock calling it a "terrible" decision.
Mr Wilson felt that they had won the argument and because the developers lost, they now change the rules.
Meanwhile, ABC sees the DEFRA announcement as "great" news.
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