Plan to hand beach Village Green status; Campaigners hope to save seafront from development.
Byline: RHODRI BARKER Daily Post Reporter email@example.com
PLANS to protect a section of Anglesey coastline from development by giving it status as a "town or village green" will be discussed by councillors next week.
The county council's executive committee will decide whether to object or not to an application for protected status for Newry Beach in Holyhead.
The bid has been made by the Waterfront Action Group, which is fighting plans by landowner Conygar Stena to create a new marina, apartments and office and leisure facilities in the area.
In February, the executive committee resolved to surrender the council's lease on Newry Beach. Opponents of the plans for the area fear surrender of the lease could lead to its development.
If a site is granted status as a town or village green, it becomes a criminal offence to build on it or make other changes. To gain the status, it must be proved the site has been used as of right by local people for legal sports and pastimes for 20 years or more.
The first option to be considered by the executive committee in Monday's meeting is to con-firm that the council will not lodge an objection to the application for the status. The second option to be considered is to con-firm the council will lodge an objection to the application.
Agreeing to this option would require the council to attend a public inquiry, which could result in costs to the authority.
The report says that, in a previous village green inquiry concerning Menai Bridge, those costs were PS70,800.
Council officers wrote: "Whether the county council objects is not a determining factor in the application. If the council objects, the registration authority may still find that a village green exists and vice versa.
"Should the council object, the main basis for this objection would be that the land is held by the council as public open space.
This means that the public use the land 'by right' and not 'as of right.' .' In effect, they use the land with the council's permission, and so the use would not qualify for village green status."
Newry Beach |on Anglesey