North West Wales

'Good response' to £1m Anglesey community windfall deal

Around 100 people turned out for a meeting to discuss how to make the best use of £1m from a land sale by a community council on Anglesey.

The 32 acres near the Wylfa at Cemaes is being brought by the company hoping to build a replacement nuclear power station as a "gesture of goodwill".

Llanbadrig community council favours investing the money and using the interest for local projects.

One possible scheme would be improving the harbour area in Cemaes.

Horizon Nuclear Power is behind a bid to build Wylfa B.

The land was given to the council by the former Central Electricity Generating Board (CEGB), which developed the original Wylfa site.

But the council decided to sell because if the new plant is given the go ahead, the site will become land-locked and lose value.

"There's been a very good response, as we were not sure how many people were going to turn out," said Llio Johnson, clerk to Llanbadrig community council.

"It's great to see so many people here, and so many with ideas of what we can spend the money on, because that's what we wanted, a way forward," she added.

Ms Johnson said the interest from the money could be used for something like a project for young people, or something in the harbour in Cemaes.

"The beach in Cemaes is a very special place and maybe we could look at improvements there," she added.

Some people attending the meeting were concerned that footpaths on the land - which include part of the Anglesey coastal path - will be affected by the sale.

The meeting was told however that although some paths would temporarily close during any construction work, they would later reopen.

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