Tourism chiefs voice fears over nuclear construction army

Grant Prior 11 months ago
Share

Tourism chiefs in North Wales are worried construction workers on the planned new nuclear power station in Wylfa will take up all the local accommodation usually used by tourists.

The managing director of North Wales Tourism is now calling for client Horizon Nuclear Power to review plans to house thousands of construction workers in Anglesey’s holiday accommodation during the decade-long build programme.

Jim Jones said Anglesey’s tourism sector could be adversely impacted in the long-term.

He said: “The Wylfa Newyd development is a huge investment into the economy of Anglesey and it has the potential to be a great catalyst project.

“But there is also a risk that, if thousands of workers are housed in holiday accommodation across the island, this could be a backward step for our tourism industry.

“As a membership body representing accommodation providers across Anglesey our job is to ensure our members are aware of the issues at stake and that their views are heard.”

Tourism is one of Anglesey’s main sources of employment and revenue.

The sector employs around 4,000 people and generates in the region of £260m every year. The island welcomes more than 1.5m holiday makers every year.

Horizon Nuclear Power originally planned to accommodate up to 3,500 construction workers in a purpose-built workers village complex at Kingsland and Cae Glas, on the outskirts of Holyhead.

The worker’s village, set to have been built by developer Land & Lakes, would have been converted to high quality holiday accommodation once the construction of Wylfa was complete.

But in its latest consultation Horizon Nuclear Power dropped these plans in favour of housing most of its construction workforce in Anglesey’s holiday and private rental sectors.

Richard Foxhall, Stakeholder Relations Manager for Horizon said: “We are very aware of concerns in the accommodation sector and welcome further feedback on these during this period of consultation.

“However, we firmly believe that our refined proposals, which will see construction workers accommodated at one site rather than five, will be easier to manage and reduces possible impacts more widely across the island.

“These proposals, which have been developed in light of feedback received through previous consultations, will enable us to accommodate up to 4,000 workers on site, meaning that the demand on off-site accommodation will be around 3% of the total available supply.

“The first phase, of 1,000 beds at the Site Campus will be ready for occupation in 2020 ahead of the main construction workforce arriving, ensuring there is no adverse effect.  Additional modules will be added as the workforce increases.

“We are confident that these proposals are the best solution to accommodating the construction workforce, providing opportunity for the private and tourism sectors, and enabling us to deliver a world-class nuclear power station which will employ 850 people until at least 2085.”

Latest news

Robertson bolsters north west arm with O’Rourke hires

Peter Grieve joins as north west operations director
28 mins ago

Science Museum seeks builder for vast storage building

Firm to be picked in October for 300,000 sq ft warehouse near Swindon
6 mins ago

Insurers slam fire test regime for building materials

"More realistic" lab tests demanded for cladding systems post Grenfell
5 hours ago

£80m twin hotel plan for Manchester Airport

Ibis and Holiday Inn kick-start new £180m Airport City hotel district
5 hours ago

Worker in plunge removing fall arrest bags from school site

Court hears edge protection was not up to industry safety standards
5 hours ago

Mace to start £120m Crossrail office scheme

PLP Architecture reveals latest images of Farringdon scheme
20 hours ago

Green light for Liverpool Monarchs Quay scheme

Next phase of King's Dock mixed-use scheme approved
4 hours ago

Accident rates hit record lows for NASC scaffolders

Contractors representing 16,000 scaffolding operatives continue to reduce accidents
5 hours ago

First packages awarded on £28m Milton Keynes office job

Galliford Try gets going on eight-storey complex
21 hours ago

Network Rail to build £46m Wigan train depot

Preparation works are getting underway for Ince-in-Makerfield depot
1 day ago

Boost your online presence – join the new Enquirer Directory

New site for suppliers and buyers will showcase their products, services and latest stories
2 weeks ago

Specialist trade bodies petition No 10 for payment reform

Unprecedented coalition of trade associations urge Prime Minister to act
2 days ago

Construction boss and developer jailed for contracts bribery

Skansen Interiors MD and and DTZ project manager sentenced
1 day ago

Murphy wins Wessex Water Trym Tunnel relief sewer

North Bristol tunnel scheme to start next year
1 day ago

Graphene concrete game-changer for industry

Exeter Uni scientists produce concrete with twice the strength and four times water resistance
1 day ago

Kier lands lead role in £19.4m Glasgow theatre revamp

Work to start in September revamping the Citizens Theatre
2 days ago

Hill boasts record year as partnerships margin hits 3%

Partnership housing drives growth at Hill as pre-tax profit hits £47m
1 day ago

CMS wins £10m glazing deal on BAM’s Atlantic Square job

Major package win on £100m scheme
2 days ago

Contractors fold before £2m site death fines

Judge hands out huge fines but firms are no longer in business
2 days ago

Green light for £350m Leeds South Bank scheme

Preparation works can now start with construction planned to start next year
3 days ago

Mace go-ahead for London £150m Hanover Square scheme

Great Portland Estates JV secures pre-let to start building work on Mayfair scheme
2 days ago

Growth to rebound to 2.7% next year after flat 2018

30% fall in office activity over two years offset by surge in infrastructure
2 days ago

Crystal Palace to start £100m main stand next summer

Iconic main stand plan to go to London mayor to rubber stamp
3 days ago

Builder murdered by colleague on central London site

Murder hunt under way after construction worker bludgeoned by colleague on Hatton Garden roof
5 days ago

Barratt to pay for post Grenfell cladding upgrade on Croydon block

Government urges more house builders to pay for safety work rather than leaseholders
5 days ago

Carillion’s Midlands Pf2 hospital to cost extra £125m

Skanska confirmed for Midlands Metropolitan Hospital as trust waits for Government go-ahead
5 days ago

BAM Nuttall fined £900,000 after painter tears ligament

Court hears how worker plunged through station waiting room roof
6 days ago

Builders told to wait over a year for brick orders

Smaller builders warn of rising materials prices and lead times
5 days ago

14-storey Milton Keynes ‘sun hotel’ approved

Hotel La Tour gets nod for tallest building in Milton Keynes city centre
5 days ago

Hill bags £41m Homes England direct commission job

Public land direct commissioning scheme entails building 160 homes
5 days ago

Contractor services