Beaumaris could lose vital tourist trade unless an agreement can reached on a temporary alternative site for coach parking in the town.
The County Council began work on a major flood alleviation scheme in Beaumaris on January 4th. The five-month scheme will provide Beaumaris homes and businesses with greater protection from flooding.
As one of the most popular visitor destinations on Anglesey, Beaumaris is a regular destination for cruise ship passengers docking in the port of Holyhead.
The Castle coach car park is currently being used as a works compound and will be needed for a diversionary route into Beaumaris when the B5109 road is closed as part of the scheme.
The County Council had hoped to use Beaumaris Town Council Green as its preferred alternative option for visiting coaches. Despite entering into dialogue with Beaumaris Town Council in December 2018, no agreement has been reached.
Highways portfolio holder, Councillor Bob Parry, explained, “Unfortunately, our efforts to secure part of Beaumaris Green as an alternative for coaches to park have so far come to nothing.”
“Coach companies bringing cruise ship passengers into the town have already indicated that out of town parking would be unacceptable. In the absence of any real alternatives, I would urge the town council to work with us to ensure that Beaumaris continues to benefit from vital cruise trade.”
Cllr Parry added, “I’m pleased that a special meeting of the town council has been arranged for early next week and hopeful that a suitable arrangement can be agreed. Unless we sort this quickly, I’m concerned that this matter could jeopardise the town’s future as a destination of choice for thousands of cruise ship passengers.”
The County Council has already raised the possibility of making improvements to Beaumaris Green to facilitate coaches if an agreement can be reached with the town council.
Seiriol ward councillors Carwyn Jones, Lewis Davies and Alun Roberts want to see the situation of resolved quickly.
In a joint statement, they said, “We recognise that the flood alleviation scheme is vital to the town, but local businesses just can’t afford to lose trade from visiting coaches. We would ask all interested parties to work in partnership to find a solution as quickly as possible.”