Row over Beaumaris coach parking shortage

A row has broken out over a lack of available coach parking in Beaumaris.

The coach park at the castle was closed last month as five months of work began to improve the town’s flood defences. But talks between Anglesey Council and Beaumaris Town Council have failed to come up with an alternative site.

The county council says the town could lose out on thousands of cruise ship passengers docking at Holyhead port.

The town council has called a special meeting on Tuesday night to discuss the matter and attempt to find a solution.

The coach park is being used as a works compound for the £1.6 million flood alleviation project. It will also be needed as a diversionary route when the B5109 is closed as part of the works.

The county council argues its preferred option for visiting coaches was to use Beaumaris Green, which is owned by the town council.

But town councillor Stan Zalot told BBC Wales it was an unsuitable plan, adding that the town council had only just spent £10,000 on the upkeep of the Green because of damage from cars.

Councillor Bob Parry, Anglesey Council’s member for highways, said: ”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.”

”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 also suggested improving Beaumaris Green to accommodate coaches if they reach a breakthrough with the town council.

In a joint statement, the three members for Seiriol ward – Carwyn Jones, Lewis Davies and Alun Roberts – 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.”

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