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This new page is dedicated to matters about the proposed access road to the airfield and enterprise zone in Llanbedr. It is questionable, at present, to refer to the plan as a bypass, but that's the common and historical habit in the village. It should be noted that the main aim is to provide access to the developments in the airfield where the Welsh Government is concerned, and previous to this, Gwynedd County Council had no plans, or finance, to go ahead with a village bypass. 

 



Thanks to all who came to show their concern on 2/07/15 regarding the implications of improving access to the Airfield and apologies for the inconclusive results of the meeting.

The evening was initially scheduled as a normal Community Council meeting to include discussions with Gwynedd County Council, but in the light of concerns shown by 10 individual residents, it was decided at short notice to hold an open meeting- but the door to door distribution of leaflets was not the work of the Council, and apologies to those who did not receive notification and to those who were confused by the content of the message.

However, I feel that the meeting was constructive, and intense at times, with hope that this will pave the way to improve what is on offer at present, despite the extensive public consultation which has already taken place in the village. The Community Council always prioritize the well-being of the community in Llanbedr and Ardudwy area without exception, supporting work to keep our young people in the area, the local economy and the success of local businesses. Residents should enjoy a village full of life, and not a place dying without a future.

We intend to invite County Council officers to further discussions regarding the proposed access route to the airfield. We will also invite members of the Welsh Government, Enterprise Zone and Llanbedr Airfield Estate officials, to find out more about plans for the airfield. Hence, we are planning a date in November. By then, 3D images may be available. The Community Council will, of course, advertise the date of the next meeting throughout the village. Information will also be posted on the website www.llanbedr.com. Visit the website or email for a copy of the WelTAG report, and I strongly advise you to investigate this source of information.

In the meantime, it is important to arrange an opportunity to re-engage in matters discussed in the meeting of 2/07/15. I therefore believe that all involved will agree to meet again with us in the presence of Liz Saville Roberts MP in the Village Hall at 7.00pm on 24 July 2015. It is imperative that we work as a team , and prepare specific questions to be taken forward to Gwynedd County Council and other government agencies.

 

Morfudd Lloyd

Clerk, Llanbedr Community Council

 


 

 

Please click here for a copy of the draft report following the consultation period.
Click for the proposed option  2 map

The previous options are:  option 1   option 3   option 4

 


 

Thanks to those who attended the meeting on 24 July 2015. The Community Council will sort and consider the matters raised in due course, and forward them to the relevant officials.

 

 

The team effort is already making progress, and new contributors in the community have taken positive  action to increase the flow of information. Hence we now have the updated WelTAG documentation to hand.

 

British democracy has been a key factor in the making of this community, and elected representatives at national, regional and community levels are an active part of our team. Members of the electorate have contributed to the discussion, and this is a welcomed element, vital to the completion of the most favourable outcome.


November 2015 update:

No recent postings have appeared here because YGC have been slow to respond to enquiries. However, they have now secured funding to carry on with developing the proposed plans. The Community Council will arrange to meet with YGC officers to put forward issues gleaned from previous meetings and residents' responses.

 

 December 2015 update:

Llanbedr Community Council have discussed possible adjustments to the development of the proposed plan with YGC and Enterprise Zone representatives in the presence of Liz Saville Roberts MP and Dafydd Elis-Thomas AM. As a result, YGC will prepare material for an exhibition event in the new year.

 


Roadsigns similar to this one could show clearly the road through Llanbedr in comparison with ineffective ones like the Llanfair direction sign.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 January 2016 update:

The engineers and surveyors have returned to take geological samples

March 2016 update:

The date for the consultation meeting with YGC at Llanbedr Village Hall was 17 March 2016 at 14.00-20.00

 

 

WelTAG planning report.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 2016 update:

Members of the community came to the Community Council meeting on 07/04/2016 to voice their opinions. Time was allowed by the Council for the purpose and conflicting views were considered following the 17 March consultation event.

 

 

 

 

December 2016 update:

Please click here for the December newsletter.


 

May 2017 update:

YGC communication

A496 Llanbedr Access Improvement Scheme – Pre-application consultation

The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (Wales) Order 2012 and Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (Wales) (Amendment) Order 2016, places a requirement upon the developer to undertake a minimum 28 day consultation period before applying for planning permission for all ‘Major Developments’.  The consultation period for this proposed development will run between the following dates:

Start date: 11 May 2017, End date: 12 Jun 2017

We are preparing to submit an application for planning consent for the A496 Llanbedr Access Improvement scheme. 

To fulfil our obligations under the above acts, we are writing to all affected landowners/occupiers, community consultees and specialist consultees, and also placing public notices on site, to invite feedback on our draft planning application and technical supporting documents. 

The consultation period runs for 33 days – from 11th of May 2017 through until the 12th of June 2017. We will then submit a planning application for the A496 Llanbedr Access Improvement Scheme to the Snowdonia National Park Authority.

Details of the pre-application consultation package are available to view here.

The package includes the following document, reports and drawings

5111_GA_202_20170316_Location_Red_Line_Plan

A496_Llanbedr_Access _Improvement_Design_and_Access_Statement

A496_Llanbedr_Access_Improvement_NMU_Context_Report

A496_Llanbedr_Access_Improvement_NMU_Supplementary_Report

A496_Llanbedr_Access_Improvement_NTS

A496_Llanbedr_Access_Improvement_Planning_Application

A496_Llanbedr_Access_Improvement_SEZ_Economic_Impact_Assessment

A496_Llanbedr_Access_Improvement_WelTAG_Planning_and_Appraisal_Report

A496_Llanbedr_Access_Improvement_WelTAG_Planning_Report

Structures_Drawings

Vol1_A496_Llanbedr_Access_Improvement_Environmental_Statement

Vol1a_Figures_Main_Document_(Part_1)

Vol1a_Figures_Main_Document_(Part_2)

Vol1a_Figures_Main_Document_(Part_3)

Vol2_APPENDIX_A-Cultural_Heritage

Vol2_APPENDIX_B-Landscape

Vol2_APPENDIX_C-Nature_Conservation

Vol2_APPENDIX_D-Road_Drainage

Vol2_APPENDIX_E-Air_Quality

Vol2_APPENDIX_F-Noise_and_Vibration

Vol2_APPENDIX_G-Habitat_Regulations_Assessment

As well as consulting with those directly impacted we also welcome feedback from the community in general on our proposal to construct a new road to the west of Llanbedr approximately 1.5 km in length.  The new road will diverge from the A496 north of Llanbedr close to the sewage treatment works and will head south to pass to the west of Llanbedr crossing over the Afon Artro and Mochras Road just to the east of the public car park off Mochras Road.  The road will then head roughly southwards to tie into the existing A496 close to Llwyn y Pin.

Any comments will inform our submission of a planning application to the local planning authority.  All comments received within the consultation period will be documented and addressed within a Consultation Report, which will be submitted along with our planning application.

Anyone who wishes to make representations about this proposed development must write to us via email at:

Llanbedr@gwynedd.llyw.cymru

or by post to:

YGC, Council Offices, Shirehall Street, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 1SH

by the 12th June 2017.

 


 

August 2017 Update

The Community Council responded to the plans in a submission to Snowdonia National Park Authority as follows:

 

Regarding Application NP5/62/399

Construction of New Road Llanbedr

In an emergency meeting held on the 3rd of August in order to discuss the above application, and a further meeting held 9.8.17 with a representative of SNPA,  I therefore  enclose the views of my Community Council subject to the outcome of both prior meetings..

I also enclose a plan of the route, with our reference to various comments noted and highlighted with a key reference.

Obviously with such a big project in hand a number of concerns arise, and need clarification.

Flood issues

We are in receipt of an e mail from one of the public concerned about the effect of the new road and its potential increase to the flood risk in the area.

It is of great importance that these issues are dealt with by the relevant Authority and also that the present tidal embankment is strengthened since there are some breach and weaknesses in it at present, due to lack of maintenance in the past.

Old Rubbish tips – need care

It has been drawn to our attention that 2 areas near the site of development have been in the past used as rubbish dumps.

The first site is by the Cambrian Clearance Unit, used to be part of the MOD, but with little knowledge of the site. There is a need of further research into its past usage.

The other site is the present parking area at Shell Island Road.  In ownership of Cyngor Gwynedd, Cyngor Deudraeth at the time.  Made into a parking/picnic area in 1961.  Had been closed for dumping as a Local Board years before.

OTHER MATTERS

Roundabout

The Community Council from the start have been expressing the need for roundabouts on this planned route, but nothing has emerged from this.  At the beginning of consultations we suggested 3 roundabouts in all.  But find that no roundabouts are included in the plans. This is a disappointment, and we realise according to WELTAG report that more agricultural land would be used. But is there a slim possibility to consider “mini roundabouts” here?

But for safety reasons – as in the Dolgellau by pass, and now they have put roundabouts in place, but too late for some, unfortunately.

There are reasonable debates for having roundabouts on this route:-

  1. It gives people the choice of where to go.
  2. Of course road safety issues – and slowing traffic down.

       3.    Can lower noise levels, and again ease traffic as it moves through the Village of Dyffryn Ardudwy, so that it does not form a bottle neck at this Village.

       4.    Safeguarding local businesses, which is a must.

If there is no provision for roundabouts, small or large at either end of road, then filter lane is a must, for safety issues.

If no provisions for roundabouts are considered is it possible to re consider the option of changing the priority of road junctions, and have T junctions directing traffic to the new road at both ends of the Village?

It is vital that these are addressed for safety reasons.

SPEED RESTRICTIONS

It is of great importance to have speed restrictions in place on the new road. 30 mph or 40 mph at most. And 20 mph through the centre of the Village.

SIGNAGE

In order to attract visitors to Llanbedr we need appropriate signage, of all amenities, from listed buildings, walks, mountains and lakes, local businesses.  We would like to be informed and be part of the construction debates regarding signage, so that our input will be taken into account.

PARKING PLACES WITHIN VILLAGE

This is another major factor that the Community Council have addressed.  At the moment there are a few parking spaces on the side of the road, and with the courtesy of Victoria Hotel can use their limited car parking facilities. Would like to see this issue being addressed and have highlighted areas on the attached plan for consideration.

New matters arising

1.Mochras Road and access path

The Community Council would be grateful if these issues could be addressed:-

That seasonal traffic lights are in place on the Mochras road. (– entrance junction to new road)

WHY? With the traffic flow to and from the Island dependant on the tide, there are on some occasions heavy flows of traffic coming from the Island, together, thus causing a high demand of traffic needing access to the new road.  Also the gradient of road is steep here.

Another factor to consider is the close proximity of the railway crossing at Talwrn Bach to the new proposed road.  This in itself can be a potential hazard when an influx of traffic from Mochras form a large convoy (due to tidal movement) and wish to enter the new road, thus forming a back log queue down towards the Crossing.

2.Need to extend the footpath from Talwrn Bach to meet the existing pavement by the Llanbedr Bridge at the Village.

3. Also there are no apparent measures to improve road  safety from Talwrn Bach Crossing down towards Mochras and the Airfield.  Every Friday evening ATC members walk from the train at Talwrn Bach to their venue opposite the Airfield.  Tourists also use the train service to commute to Llanbedr, to Mochras from Birmingham area.

There is also the need to facilitate transport and sustainable travel from places such as London, Birmingham to and from Llanbedr and its Enterprise Zone, thus encouraging work and visiting the area.  Thus the importance of extending the path from railway crossing.

4. The need for improvement and extension of footpath, along side of road to lead from Pensarn to the Village.  Dangerous at present. (In view of the Christian Centre at Pensarn and Bryn Moel)

5. Lighting by Talwrn bach – dark sky area.

6.  From observing the plan, it has become apparent that there are many smaller entrances into private properties, and Cambrian Clearance and Knightmovers -  at the Southern End.  This in itself can prove dangerous, with fast moving vehicles on the new road.

7. Need to consider the effect on users of the coastal path – in respect of noise and speed of traffic on the new road whilst planning the improvement to the coastal path route.

8. It became apparent in our meeting of 9.8.17 that the access road North of the Village is a NO RIGHT TURN into the Village (from Barmouth side).  This is not acceptable, because if motorist fail to enter the Village from the southern side, they are most likely to carry on through to the next Village.  Thus Llanbedr losing valuable customers and business. It is also unacceptable for a haulage business in near proximity to the junction in question.

9. Pleased to see that the issue of Japanese knotweed is  being tackled, due to its abundance near the picnic area on Mochras road.

 

Although we as Community Council are in favour of the new road to facilitate traffic, we also need a lively lived in Village, prosperous, an area for growth and an area to invest in, and would very much appreciate that some of these issues raised will be taken into consideration, in order to achieve the best for Llanbedr, and what we have been waiting for the past 60 years..

These are the Community Council’s considered suggestions following lengthy discussions with County Council officers, but hopefully their consideration can be left open for the time being, in case further issues arise or further developments, and the need to raise such matters with the SNPA closer to the final date of completion. They are essentially a key to the Community Council’s supporting the proposed plans.

With these comments in mind, and although some issues are not probably related to Planning the Community Council needed to point them out in view of  a wider picture for the well being of Llanbedr and surrounding areas.

 

Thank you

Yours Sincerely

 

Morfudd Wyn Lloyd (Clerk Llanbedr Community Council)

 


 

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