SAVE SHELL ISLAND! Maintain high tide emergency services access.
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Shell Island in Gwynedd is one of the largest campsites in Europe and a much-loved family holiday destination.
The main access route to Shell Island is via a causeway which is cut off by the tide twice a day. Emergency vehicles have had high-tide access through the neighbouring Llanbedr Airfield, which is owned by the Welsh Government, for over fifty years.
The new tenant of Llanbedr Airfield, Snowdonia Aerospace LLP, has now withdrawn guaranteed 24-hour emergency services access to Shell Island. Snowdonia Aerospace LLP has been a tenant of Llanbedr Airfield since 2012.
From April, but only on a temporary basis and at the discretion of Snowdonia Aerospace LLP, emergency services seeking access to Shell Island during high tides will be obliged to call a mobile number issued by Snowdonia Aerospace LLP.
Snowdonia Aerospace LLP say they will open the access gate in an emergency, only at times of high tide, subject to the availability of their contact, so that the services can be escorted over the airfield.
We don't think that is good enough and we'd like the Welsh Government to intervene.
Snowdonia Aerospace LLP initially proposed on short notice to stop any kind of emergency vehicle access across the airfield by the end of March, which could have forced the closure of Shell Island just as the holiday season was set to commence.
Snowdonia Aerospace LLP have advised that the current arrangement is ‘temporary’ and Shell Island fears that they may renew their threat to completely withdraw access in the near future.
Shell Island, also known as Mochras, has been a much-loved holiday destination for generations of visitors to North Wales, and it provides significant employment for many families in the local community. They are all now facing an uncertain future.
We are petitioning the Welsh Government, as owners of the Llanbedr Airfield, to urge their tenant Snowdonia Aerospace LLP to reinstate guaranteed and permanent high tide emergency services access so that Shell Island can continue to operate.
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