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Holyhead Marina rebuild plans to withstand another Storm Emma

The clean-up operation at the marina in Holyhead Image copyright Jonathan Fox
Image caption Boats were wrecked and tonnes of polystyrene were strewn across the shore

Plans to rebuild Holyhead Marina following the devastation of Storm Emma have been unveiled.

When it struck in March 2018, the storm wrecked a floating breakwater and damaged pontoons, resulting in the loss of 80 boats.

Since then, the marina has only been open on a limited basis.

Marina bosses now propose a full-scale rebuild with new sea defences to replace the breakwaters, saying they would "never survive" a similar storm.

A new 500-metre sea wall would offer 24-hour unrestricted access, integrating the "lessons learned" from Storm Emma and the resulting pollutants released into the sea.

Image copyright Holyhead Marina
Image caption Permanent sea defences would allow 24-hour access in all weathers, marina bosses say

Around 30 tonnes of polystyrene ripped from the pontoons was eventually recovered from local beaches, along with 2,750 litres of oil.

"In order to protect the new marina from unsurvivable north easterly storms in future, the company has no alternative but to build a permanent sea wall within its harbour lease area," the written proposal says.

"The project accepts the conclusion of experts that floating breakwaters - of any size or design - will never survive the wave length/height experienced during Storm Emma - and therefore removes the threat of a repeat of this disaster."

Marina bosses said the improvements would protect the facilities already on offer, expand customer demand and generate opportunities for other businesses.

Anglesey council's planning department is expected to respond in due course, with full planning consent to be sought at a later date.

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