North West Wales

Gypsy camp plans near Bangor's Faenol country estate

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Image caption The proposed Gypsy site is adjacent to the entrance of the Faenol estate

Plans for a Gypsy camp near a country estate have been submitted to planners in Gwynedd, prompting objections.

The proposed site for eight pitches and an amenity block is in a woodland adjacent to Bangor's Faenol estate.

"The last thing we want is to have this on our front door," said Gavin Wyn Jones from the Faenol estate in an interview with the Daily Post.

The privately-owned site is located at Coed Fodol, Felinheli, between the A487 Felinheli bypass and the B4547.

Gwynedd council has yet to formally consider the application.

Councillor John Wynn Williams also raised concerns.

He said: "This as a new development of eight caravans in open countryside and people are worried about the access and various other things.

"I'm personally worried because I don't see what the need is because we already have a permanent site in the Bangor area.

"I know a lot of the families, so I have no grudge against the gypsy community."

'Private family site'

The man behind the plan, Tom Riley, is confident his application will be successful.

He said: "I've put in for planning and hopefully it will be passed.

"It's a private site and not a council site, there's a big difference.

"People say there will be kids and dogs and children running around and there will be no such thing.

"Why people are worried, I haven't got a clue. It's not going to be outsiders coming in, it's for local families, so what the big hassle is I don't know.

"I'm 100% hopeful the plans will go through. If it fails I'll get the Welsh assembly behind me."

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