South Stack: councillors reject parking meter bid

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Councillors have thrown out two bids to set up parking meters at South Stack.

The RSPB wants to introduce flat rate parking fees at the attraction just off Holy Island – £5 at peak times and £2.50 off-peak.

Its proposals had been recommended for approval by Anglesey Council planning officers, but the planning committee refused two applications for meters at both the South Stack visitor centre and nearby Elin’s Tower.

A decision on a third application by the RSPB for meters at the visitor centre was delayed to allow for a visit to the site, following a motion from Holyhead councillor John Arwel Roberts.

The plans have attracted heavy local opposition. More than 5,700 people have signed an online petition against introducing parking charges and the RSPB’s plans have been criticised by both Labour MP Albert Owen and Plaid Cymru AM Rhun ap Iorwerth.

At the committee meeting on Wednesday, former councillor and ex-Mayor of Holyhead, Jeff Evans, warned the proposals were “unjust, unfair and with serious health and safety implications.”

South Stack project manager Laura Kudelska argued the RSPB was ”committed” to reinvesting the income back into the attraction and Holy Island residents would be given concessions on a trial basis. She added the applications were for the parking meters and not the charges themselves.

But Ynys Gybi independent councillor Dafydd Rhys Thomas said the charity had ”totally lost their way” and described the move as a ”PR disaster”. He added: ”The RSPB do some great work but don’t always get things right. These meters will be a tax on the public and will affect the deprived the most.”

The plans will be discussed again when the committee meets next month.

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