COOL MILLION FOR COOL CEMAES BAY
September 23 2010
Cemaes Bay is one of the most beautiful little villages on Anglesey and blessed by its location right by the sea on the north west coast.
Add to that the fantastic Anglesey Coastal Path stretching eastwards toward Bull Bay and Amlwch and you have an ARONB (Area of Really Outstanding Natural Beauty).
The Llanbadrig Community Council and dedicated locals have worked incredibly hard to make this village one of the most welcoming and beautiful places on the Island.
It shares this accolade with both the lower town of Menai Bridge and Beaumaris. Each has its own unique aspect of beauty.
Like both Beaumaris and Menai Bridge, Cemaes Bay is mostly dependent on tourism and the ‘Visitor Penny’. The village has had to look to its own community assets, both natural and human, to maintain its own little of prosperity.
With the Chancellor about to create a massive deficit in public spending Cemaes Bay had expected to suffer more than most big towns because it has little money of its own.
HOWEVER, some astonishing news was announced this week that will warm the Cemaes Cockles.
Wylfa Nuclear Power Station lies to the west of the village and dominates the entire landscape, though it is by now invisible for locals other than a place for employment or a navigation aid.
The Good News For Cemaes is that it owns a piece of land at Wylfa Head that Horizon will need during the projected Wylfa B construction phase.
The villagers supported the sale of land in what will be a Win-Win deal for them. The sale of 35 acres of land will bring in £30,000 an acre, amounting to a cool £1.05 million. It is hoped that deal will be completed by the end of the year.
It is the intention of the Llanbadrig Community Council to invest the money, that will generate somewhere in the region of £50,000 a year even during this period of low interest rates.
The Community Council Clerk, Mrs Llio Johnson suggested that this money could be used as match-funding for large projects to benefit the village. Let’s hope that the County Council doesn’t try to limit its financial contribution to the village as a consequence.
Speaking on behalf of Horizon, Mr Smith said that the land was required for their project in the interim and had little value for locals other than as an amenity.
Hopefully, the New Nuclear Build Project will go ahead following Planning application in 2012 and the land will play a role during construction, as stated above.
“The deal is unconditional,” said Mr Smith, “even if the nuclear power station is ever built. We are not going to prevent public access. In the long term paths on Wylfa Head will be open to people, but there may be some diversions or disruptions during building...”
The reason for the necessity to purchase the land is to facilitate the transport of building materials that will arrive by sea and need to be carried across the land.
Llanbadrig Community Council chairman, Mr Tony Hughes said that every penny will be spent in Cemaes.
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