Here are some of the comments sent to us via our email address or posted on our website. Please send your comments and views so we can show how strongly the people of Holyhead feel about the possibility of losing their beach and promenade.

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I am a local Yachtsman (based in Caernarfon) and I frequently visit Holyhead. There is no need or demand for any marina development in the harbour & it would actually reduce the likelihood of me visiting & spending money in the town. It reduces the sheltered area in which I can anchor or moor, makes it harder for me to gain access to the beach to go shopping and will destroy the view to landward from the boat. 

S. 2/09/2013                                                                                                                                    It will be an absolute travesty & will ruin the town. The view of the
marina area will be totally ruined! Why not use the opposite headland
where I have noticed derelect properties that will be ideal for
appartments. I recently attended the Sailing Festival & loved looking
at the view of all the boats moored up. Please leave it alone for
future generations to enjoy too. Also think of the loss of revenue for
all the local B & Bs & hotels.

JR. 31/08/2013                                                                                                                          Why do they have to ruin everything, our seafront is nice just the way it is.

SB. 30/08/2013                                                                                                                     Seriously dont do it! It would ruin the local area and spoil the way of life for many! It is packed there in the summer so many families enjoying a day out surely that must stand for something? You have my vote over this matter!

 CW. 30/08/2013                                                                                                                            I absolutely support your petition objecting to the transfer of YMCC’s leasehold interests in the Newry Beach area and other areas affected by the developments. We don’t need this new development to spoil our scenic views.

RH. 27/08/2013                                                                                                                              Having been at Holyhead on Sunday 25th August to see the “Old Gaffers” sailing event my wife and I were very impressed by the presentation of the event and the chance to walk along the pontoons to view the boats at close quarters. We were particularly impressed when the sail past took place in which the boats sailed along and close to the promenade area where they could be seen at their best. Sadly if the proposed extension to the marina takes place this will no longer be able to be staged only to be replaced by endless pontoons full of boats (and houses no doubt). We feel that Holyhead will loose its main attraction of a waterside area to residents and visitors alike and be to the detriment of the town as a whole despite what may be claimed as more people spending money locally as boat owners from outside the area usually come with their own boating provisions. Good luck in your efforts.

JC. 26/08/2013                                                                                                                                I fully support the petition to halt the development of NewryBeach. This is an area of natural beauty which should be preserved for future generations to enjoy.
I implore the local council to listen to the local community and prevent this development from happening.

GS. 26/08/2013                                                                                                                               I am supportive of your efforts to save Newry Beach. It would be advantageous to know which councillors are involved and find out what they are getting out of the STENA deal. The more the public knows of their alleged shady dealings, the easier it is to put pressure on them, especially at election time.

JW. 26/08/2013                                                                                                                             I have spent the majority of the summer holidays on Newry beach with my little boy, who asks most days if we can go “crabbing”. As well as weekends and holidays during the winter months! I was brought up in the Porthyfelin area and spent a large chunk of my childhood playing, swimming, crabbing, fishing on the beach! I have many many memories of this and I hope my son will also have these memories when he is older as well as his children and so on!!!! To destroy such a wonderful beach would be a disaster!!! Not just for us but for our children!!!! This cannot happen!!!!

 CR. 24/08/2013
You say Newry Beach is now a pot of gold? How? It will be more of a pot of gold after the development, bringing a lot more jobs and people to the area. I am a young resident of Holyhead, who will have to move away from the area to find myself a job after university. Hopefully this development will help bring other developments to the area, creating more jobs which is desperately needed!

Response from the Waterfront Action Group: Newry Beach has been described by many as the jewel in the crown of Holyhead. It is potentially a pot of gold for Holyhead but only if it is retained. The opportunity to develop Newry Beach and promenade in conjunction with the regeneration of the town to provide a tourist attraction and leisure facilities will lost if the Conygar Stena Waterfront Development goes ahead as shown in the outline planning application. The Waterfront Action Group wants to see more jobs and opportunities for the people of Holyhead but these will be few if the beach and promenade is destroyed. It is the town centre regeneration that will generate jobs. The Waterfront Action Group contributed significantly to the recent consultation on the regeneration of the town. We put forward numerous suggestions and emphasised the need to include the Newry area as part of the whole scheme. Only a dozen or so people attended the open meeting in the Town Hall with the consultants and nearly all those were members of the Waterfront Action Group. We are fighting for Holyhead from our hearts. Financial gain for the directors and shareholders of Conygar Stena seems to be their only objective. Please look at our reply about jobs to  DY 31/07/2013  below. Chairman.

 JJ. 24/08/2013                                                                                                                            I’d like to add my name to the petition against the the development at Newry Beach, especially the plans to reclaim land into the harbour and build three story apartments for the better off. I believe this development will do nothing to enhance the beach and will be resented evermore by the people of Holyhead who will be forced to endure the chaos while it is being built, knowing that they would be priced beyond the means of locals.

 PH. 19/08/2013                                                                                                                              I was not aware of the proposed development to NewryBeach, althought I visit Holyhead with my family every few months for a mini holiday.  I would like to suggest that you get in touch with the BBC’s Countryfile programme, they might be interested in putting it out on their programme. Hence you would get coverage to the rest of the United Kingdom.  What effects you locally like this, can effect many other localities around the British Isles with similiar isues. Just a thought, if Stena are so keen to redevelop land,  why can’t they do something with the land and ruined buildings at the back of the marina near the access to the Breakwater. All the best, for your campaign.

 NM. (Newry, N.Ireland) 21/08/2013                                                                          Having recently visited Holyhead and walked along Newry Beach out to the end of the Breakwater I fully support your opposition to this despoilation of a lovely part of Holyhead. No disrespect to the town but it has suffered some decline over the years but this part is still looking good and it would be shameful to destroy its timeless character.

 KJ.20/8/2013                                                                                                                                     I totally agree with you, no-one who lives in Holyhead is happy with the plans for Newry beach, I would be glad to sign your petition. (Holyhead resident)

PH. 19/8/2013                                                                                                                                  I am a regular visitor from England to Holyhead.  I am more than happy to sign this petition.  I can not understand the logic of the planning authorities to allow this to be even thought about. Why cannot Stena redevelop the old hotel and ruined buildings next to it across from the existing marina. All the best, for your campaign.

DY. 31/07/2013                                                                                                                               I left Holyhead because there are so few jobs available. And Holyhead’s economy will continue to suffer unless the nimbies and static caravaneers who can’t even spell Trearddur stop opposing progress.

Response from the Waterfront Action Group:                                                                   Thank you for your comment Mr DY. The Waterfront Action Group wish to see more jobs for Holyhead but at what cost! Developments such as those proposed for Newry and Penrhos will not provide the massive number of jobs the developers proclaim when they dangle the jobs carrot in front of politicians, Councillors and planning authorities, so they get support and their plans approved. The developers do not appear to have a  business  plan, as far as we are aware, which details how many jobs there will be and what type of job.  We can tell you that the original number quoted by Conygar Stena of around 400 – 600 jobs is now down to a hundred or so and the Town Clerk said he thinks there will be no more than 40. His guesstimate is more in line with our own research from data published from similar marina developments around the UK and Europe; our figure is about 17. What you have to consider is the jobs that will be lost in the Town  as a result of businesses closing due to competition form new businesses opening at the new Marina Development. Also think of the number of jobs that will simply transfer from an existing business that closes down to the new business that starts up (the existing Marina will be a good example of this). So for a handful of jobs you seem to be prepared to see a natural asset for Holyhead destroyed; an asset if developed with some innovatory thinking can provide many potential new jobs. The Waterfront Group is not trying stunt progress, far from it. We are trying to provide the opportunity to develop the economy and to get progress. We do not oppose development. We support development where it is needed and beneficial to the community. On your behalf, and on behalf of the people of Holyhead, Holy Island and Anglesey, we are fighting to save our heritage and to contribute to the economic development of our town and community. Please read the articles in our media pages which refer to the jobs issue so you have a better understanding of what is happening. Thank you. Chairman.

MR. 29/7/2013                                                                                                         To whom it may concern; don’t take Newry beach away from us, we don’t have much left in Holyhead and so many people go down to the Newry, we don’t need this work to go on here.

 SG.  28/7/2013                                                                                                                             We visit Newry beach often having a static caravan in Treadurr.  It is indeed beautiful…what is special about all of Anglesey is its peace and tranquillity and lack of commercialisation. Today’s life in Anglesey is a release from the rat race;  that is why we come here….so big business leave it alone or build something  for the people, everyone not just for fat wallets….let us have a waterworld but not at Newry.

DJ.  23/7/2013                                                                                                                                   I lived in the Holyhead area for a large part of my teenage years and went to school in Holyhead. I now bring my children to a home we have in the area. As a family we sail and enjoy the area much as we have always done. Why o why is this insidious creep of development be allowed to happen. Do we need this; I really do not think so.

 SR.  23/7/2013                                                                                                                              My brother recommended I might like this web site. He was entirely right. This website truly made my day. You can’t believe just how a lot time I had spent for this information! Thanks!

 BB. 12/06/2013                                                                                                        I fully support your petition.  How Anglesey Council could support such destruction of the beach is beyond belief, the proposal is dreadful.  I live near Colwyn Bay but I keep my boat on a mooring at Holyhead Sailing Club.

J & S T. 8/06/13                                                                                                 We strongly object to this jewel in our crown being wrecked.  The existing Marina is not fully used, so why build another one. We will lose the Maritime Museum and the bistro for what? 

                                                                                                                                      IBR.  8/6/13                                                                                                             I would like to add my name to the petition please. My name is IR from Bangor and I think this is a disgusting proposal by Conygar Stena’s Waterfront Development.

GP. 31/5/2013                                                                                                                        Please add my name to your petition as one who strongly disagrees with the proposals put forward for the Newry Beach. Born and brought up in Caergybi, but now living in Buckinghamshire, I frequently visit the town to see my mother and I  am appalled at the plans as I feel that, over the years, the town has degenerated because of the adherence to the needs of Stena at the expense of the needs of the people of the area. Generations of children, myself included, have happy memories of playing and growing in the Newry area. Don’t let’s spoil the only natural amenity left within walking distance of Holyhead.

ER. 28 /5/2013                                                                                                                                  I was born and bred Valley but live now in Caernafon. The Newry Beach development will not bring proper jobs, only low paid jobs. Don’t spoil the Newry Beach for this. We come to Anglesey and Newry Beach often.

LC. 11/05/13
This proposed development should not go ahead; it will destroy one of the accessible and important parts of Holyhead.  Throughout my life it has been a source of calm, and a link to my forebears.
Not only will it take away accessibility for the local population, many tourists will  now also feel precluded from the beach environs, and any development works will force visitors away from the area during construction. There has been no thought to the tradition of events here such as the RNLI and Yacht festivals.  These are vital in efforts to raise awareness and funds to support this vibrant coastal community.Stop this before it is too late.

John. 4/04/13                                                                                                                                  I lived at Soldiers Point during the 60s and 70s.  The place in and around Newry beach hold very fond memories but even back then the place was holding on to a past it could not recapture. The place  is in severe decline and a development like the one proposed will make all residents better of, shops would thrive, tourists would return in droves. Think forward and not backward.                                                                                                                                                                                                    (Note from WAGNBH: We assume John is describing the decline of Soldiers Point, Porth Y Felin house , the Breakwater and the immediate surrounding area, rather than Newry Beach itself. We agree with him that we must look forward but we believe that any development should be appropriate, needed and in the context of Holyhead as a whole and not a development solely designed to raise the share price and profits for Stena Line Ports and Conygar Investments, lining the pockets of their Directors and investors).

AS. 31/3/13                                                                                                                                       I grew up in Holyhead and could see Newry beach from my bedroom window. I was taken for walks there as a baby, I played there as a kid, swam there as a teenager, strolled along there as a young man, and now love to bring my kids over from Manchester where I now live. We stay at my parents’ house, the house I grew up in, and all three generations love the views, the unspoilt nature, and the way the beach is open to and welcoming to people of all backgrounds, not just the affluent few with yachts and wallets deep enough for a beachfront holiday apartment. Newry Beach has always been, and always should be, a civic amenity for the people of Holyhead and visitors to the area. It is not, and should never be, a corporate plaything to line the pockets of a multinational organisation like Conygar Stena.

I implore Anglesey County Council to reject this ill-considered scheme and not sell the jewel in Holyhead’s crown for a fast buck, only to leave us with a half empty white elephant where once stood a beautiful beach and open views for all to enjoy.

SC. 25/3/13                                                                                                                               Stena have already done enough damage to the town without doing this. I’m tired of their double standards, one minute they own the breakwater, the other they don’t want anything to do with it and it’s a nationally important structure. They should look after what they’ve got before messing in things nobody wants, take the fish dock for example, that is in an horrific state at the minute.

LV. 21/3/13                                                                                                                                       I wish to add my name to your petition in opposition to the planned development of Newry Beach.  If this were to go ahead the people of Holyhead, and Anglesey as a whole, would lose a beautiful green area and seashore which has given pleasure to countless people for many years.

MB. 23/2/13                                                                                                                                      I absolutely support your petition objecting to the transfer of YMCC’s leasehold interests in the Newry Beach area and other areas affected by the developments. Newry Beach belongs to the town and should not be STOLEN by a very greedy company for its own profit!  Their cheek is unbelievable!!!

B.V. 21/2/13                                                                                                                                      I wish to add my name to the petition in opposition to the proposed development of Newry Beach.  Newry Beach has been a source of pleasure to me and my family for many years and its destruction would be a huge and permanent loss of amenity to visitors and residents alike.

PJ. 6/2/13                                                                                                                                      We feel for you deeply. Heaven forbid, but possibly the same thing is about to happen here in Fishguard as Newry, Holyhead.

JH and AC. 30/1/13                                                                                                                   We wish to sign the petition as we strongly object to the transfer, relinquish, surrender or sale of YMCC’s leasehold interests in the areas described in the petition document. How the YMCC can seriously consider this is an outrage, perhaps financially driven rather than community focused. Has the YMCC forgotten its primary role?

MP. 23/1/13                                                                                                                                      I would like to add my name to the petition against the Newry Beach development please. I am local and have enjoyed the waterfront all of my life and want my children to do the same.

EH. 24/1/13                                                                                                                             Leave Newry Beach alone. Why do we need to change it , its all about money some one will get rich out of this deal but not Holyhead. Leave Newry Beach alone take your deal some where else.

Holyhead shopkeeper. 24/1/13                                                                                       Hello, I am Holyhead born bred and have raised my family here. My wife and I run a business in the town and we care what happens here. I would like to help in the fight to save Newry beach…a place that all my family have enjoyed over the years and want to continue to enjoy. I am willing to help in the campaign.

JJ. 20/1/13                                                                                                                                    The proposed development would make sense if there was demand for it. There is not nor is the demand foreseeable for the long term future. It is therefore folly and would constitute an act of gross negligence to the people of Holyhead to attempt it.

GT. 17/1/13                                                                                                                         Although I have not lived in Holyhead since 1963 I retain very fond memories of the town. In particular the area around Newry Beach still has a warm place in my heart. What the developers propose to do there is nothing short of public vandalism.

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