Horizon consults on site clearance at Wylfa Newydd

In advance of applying to Anglesey County Council for planning permission Horizon Nuclear Power is consulting local people on its plans to prepare and clear its Wylfa Newydd site for construction, and on its proposals to improve existing sections of the A5025.

Horizon is holding five events in mid-May before it applies for planning permission where members of the project team will be on hand. People will be able to view detailed plans of all the work proposed.

The power station developer is also proposing to prepare and clear the power station site. Work would include the targeted removal and storage of topsoil; demolishing buildings within its landholding; installing boundary fencing for construction; the temporary closure and diversions of public rights of way; and measures to limit the impact of its work on the local environment and ecology.

Horizon is also proposing improvements to existing parts of the A5025, particularly where two HGVs (Heavy Goods Vehicles) and buses cannot currently pass safely on either side. The road varies in width and Horizon is proposing to widen it to an overall width of 7.3 metres where necessary to allow a safer movement of vehicles.

Work to the A5025 would also include upgrades to private means of access such as driveways. In many places the base layers of the road are in poor condition, so the existing road surface would be reconstructed or resurfaced to make sure it does not crack or break during the construction phase of Wylfa Newydd, when more traffic will use it.

Richard Foxhall, Horizon’s Stakeholder Relations Manager, said: “As well as constructing the new power station itself, we need to carry out earlier work so we can build and operate it smoothly and safely, with as little disruption for local residents as possible. So it’s really important people have their say on this work too.

“Preparing and clearing the site will be the first major phase of our work for Wylfa Newydd. Widening, upgrading and resurfacing the road to our site will extend its lifespan and provide a long-term benefit for local residents.”

The consultation will be open between Monday 16 May and Tuesday 31 May, and five events will take place on the following dates:

Monday 16 May
Cemaes Village Hall
High Street
2pm to 7pm

Tuesday 17 May
Llanfachraeth Village Hall
T? Newydd Green
2pm to 7pm

Wednesday 18 May
Wylfa Sports & Social Club
Wylfa Power Station
Cemaes Bay
2pm to 7pm

Thursday 19 May
The Valley Anglesey
London Road
2pm to 7pm

Saturday 21 May
Douglas Inn car park
Cemaes Bay
10am to 2pm

The company will be making more information available on its website on Monday 16 May at www.horizonnuclearpower.com/consultation