Plans to convert former truck stop to Brexit customs facility approved

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Plans to convert a former roadhouse in Anglesey into a Brexit customs facility have been approved by advisers.

The UK government finalized the purchase of the Roadking unit at Cybi Park in Holyhead last summer and subsequently submitted its application for planning permission.

Although the application was approved, some councilors have expressed concern about the plans and their effects on local residents.

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Cllr Trefor Lloyd Hughes said he supported the request but said he had received numerous complaints about noise pollution from the site as it operates around the clock.

He added that the site lights were intrusive.

“And that’s before the issue of lorries parking here, there and all over the city. Last weekend I was told 30 lorries were parked near Morrisons and some were parked on the sidewalks,” did he declare.

Councilor Eric Wyn Jones shared Councilor Hughes’ concerns that the site was not large enough to cope with the number of trucks likely to use the site.

He urged HMRC to buy additional land to ensure there was enough space.

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Planning officer Rhys Lloyd Jones said the lighting on the site was seen as ‘friendly and appropriate’ and problems caused by lorry parking could be alleviated if a lorry parking site was approved by councilors . He said the request was expected by officers.

The Council’s Planning Committee heard that the creation of an Inner Border Facility (IBF) has been necessitated following the UK’s exit from the European Union and the Single Market.

The facility will provide a physical checkpoint to perform documentary and physical checks on goods imported and exported to the European Union, where existing ports do not have the capacity.

Addressing the meeting on behalf of HMRC, Iain Leech said the app would use existing layout and buildings and have the capacity to process up to 350 lorries a day.

Parking for heavy goods vehicles as well as security measures and facilities to control vehicles and goods entering and leaving the site, as well as staff welfare facilities, will be provided.

Up to 175 jobs would be created and while some HMRC and Border Force staff would be recruited from elsewhere, the majority of staff would be recruited locally.

Nearly 400 people would be employed during the construction phase.

He said work had already started and the facility had been operating since early January.

The committee approved the request unanimously.

Having only opened in 2015 following fears that there were no suitable stopping facilities on the island, the Roadking truck stop site on the outskirts of the port city, provided eating, sleeping and showering facilities for truckers.

Earlier proposals for a customs facility on the Anglesey Show Park & ​​Ride in Mona were rejected by island council amid concerns hundreds of lorries were diverted from the A55 and through villages such as Gwalchmai.

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