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MARINA UPDATE - 02/04/2007
Anglesey Boat Company (ABC) have released the following statement in response to the decision of the Appeal Court to refuse an appeal brought by the Crown Estate and Ynys Mon County Council against a previous High Court decision.
A spokesman for Anglesey Boat Company said: "We are very disappointed with the decision, which basically takes away the rights of the landowners and prevents them from developing their own land.
"The marina scheme would have a negligible impact on the mussel fishery and there is no reason why the two could not co-exist: the marina would only take one-hundredth of the fishery area.
"This decision could cost the local area some 140 new jobs, which are much-needed in these harsh economic times. The mussel industry might rake in many millions of pounds, but this goes into very few pockets.
"The judgment could also lead to the removal of up to 300 existing moorings in the Menai Strait as they are within the boundary of the fishery - despite those areas not being used for mussel farming. This would prove devastating to the local economy and we can only hope that the judgment is overturned.
"Whilst the decision is a setback to the marina project, we believe there are other methods by which the matter of the fishery can be resolved and we hope that those will be pursued to enable the project to go ahead: we're certainly not giving up."
The Appeal Court decision considered three separate issues relating to the effects of the 1962 Menai Strait Several Fishery Order.
On the first issue, the Court ruled that the 1962 Order had been properly made and should not be annulled.
The second issue concerned whether or not the Crown Estate and Anglesey County Council retained the rights to use their land, on the basis of two clauses in the Order which reserved those rights. The Appeal Court elected not to pass judgement on this issue.
The third issue was whether interference with the seabed within the Fishery would be prohibited by the Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) Act 1967 and the Court ruled that this was the case.
It is this latter issue which means that around 300 moorings in the Menai Strait might now be considered to constitute a criminal offence and unless the decision is successfully appealed to the House of Lords, it is possible that the centuries-old tradition of Beaumaris Bay being used as an anchorage may come to an end.
Background to the marina
The Beaumaris marina development will consist of a 400+ berth marina to the south side of Gallows Point on the Menai Strait. The scheme is modelled on Pwllheli marina and would not have any development other than that purely marine-orientated, bringing maximum benefits to local businesses. As part of the overall scheme, there will also be a development of 40,000 sq ft for marine support services and a new chandlery.
Economic projections indicate that the marina could create approximately 140 new jobs in the local area across a wide range of businesses including restaurants, B&Bs, shops and tourist attractions in addition to those created directly by the marina and and the associated marine industries. It is estimated that the marina will generate in excess of £8m per annum in the local area, which is one of the most economically deprived in Wales.
Plans for a new promenade to link Beaumaris to the marina are also being advanced and a planning application will be submitted by a partnership of Ynys Mon County Council, the Welsh Assembly Government and Anglesey Boat Company.
GALLOWS POINT DEVELOPMENT
Anglesey Boat Company also have a planning consent for a comprehensive development of Gallows Point, Beaumaris. The scheme involves the replacement of the existing sheds on the northern side of the Point for the existing tenants and the provision of around ten new units in the existing ABC yard and reclamation area to support the marina. All current tennants will be offered new units in the scheme and work will be phased to ensure that disruption to businesses is as little as possible.
Despite local rumours otherwise, ABC have not entered into an agreement to 'buy' Gallows Point. The company is working in conjunction with Anglesey County Council to bring about the development of the Point, but negotiations concerning renewal of leases will be the responsibility of the Council. Following the completion of the development, ABC will enter into a management agreement with Council, through the mechanism of an underlying lease, but the terms the tennants operate under will remain those set by the Council.
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