News 2015

Court Closure Consultation

The Minister of Justice announces plans to close 11 courts in Wales including the one at Holyhead.

Market Hall Compulsory Purchase Plan 

Anglesey County Council announces the issue of a compulsory order request.

Minesto open UK HQ in Holyhead 

Swedish marine energy company Minesto announces plan for UK office in Holyhead linked to 1.5MW underwater array at Holyhead Deep.

Superfast X ferry starts services

The new Stena line Superfast X vessel made its debut sailing between Holyhead and Dublin Port.

Weightlifting Club Expansion

Thanks to VVP and other grants  the Holyhead and Anglesey Weightlifting Club expands.

Ynys Môn Gymnastics Club 

The club creates a new base at Holland Park thanks to VVP and other grants.

Work starts at new Primary School

Work starts on a new modern school called Ysgol on the old Cybi School site. The primary school is to replace three existing primary schools - Ysgol Parch Thomas Ellis, Ysgol Llaingoch and Ysgol y Parc.

Empire to Expand 

Holyhead Town Council announces plans to install a second cinema screen at the Empire Complex.

New Truck Stop Opens 

A new Roadking Truck Stop opens at Parc Cybi creating 30 jobs. It was built by local building contractors Watkin Jones Group.

News 2014

Local Contractors Expands 

Holyhead based building firm DU Construction opens a new depot at Penrhos Buiness Park and announces 20 new jobs.

B&M opens new store 

Retailer has opened a new store in the former Homebase building at Penrhos Retail Park in Holyhead.

School plan Agreed

Anglesey Council’s Executive Committee has agreed to merge Ysgol Y Parchedig Thomas Ellis, Ysgol Llaingoch and Ysgol Y Parc, and construct a new school on the site of the former Ysgol Cybi school site for 540 pupils and 75 nursery pupils.

Regeneration Funding Boost

The Welsh Government agrees to award £7.5m under the Vibrant and Viable Places (VVP) programme for capital projects in Holyhead.

News 2013

Empire Reopens

The Empire Cinema reopens after a £460,000 modernisation scheme, including a children’s play centre as well as a modern Cinema.

New Irish Ferry

Irish Ferries introduce the Epsilon – a ferry with the capacity of 500.

Memorial to Dutch Mariners

A memorial is planned to celebrate Holyhead’s WW2 link to the Royal Netherlands Navy.

2013 News Archive

More Cruise Ships and Steam Trains:  A total of 17 cruise ships and 7 steam trains are scheduled to visit Holyhead between late April and early September 2013. The largest cruise ship will be the Mein Schiff 1 on Sunday the 19th May with over 2,500 passengers.

New Community Body:  A new single combined Communities First organization for Anglesey became operational on the 1st February 2013. Its remit covers most of Holyhead where the main base is, and part of Llangefni.

Sea Cadets Bunkhouse Funding Approved:  Welsh Government, European and County Council funding totalling some £140k has been approved for the creation of modern bunkhouse facilities next to Holyhead Sea Cadets on the Promenade. The funding is being sourced through the Community Facilities and Cyfenter Programmes.

2012 News Archive

WINTER WONDERLAND FAIR WITH SKATING RINK - a week-long Holyhead Winter Wonderland event will start on Sunday 16th December and will be held in Swift Square car park near St. Cybi's Church every day until Saturday 22nd December, between 12 noon and 8pm daily. Attractions include a small Skating Rink, Fairground Rides (£1 children £1.50 teenagers) and Local Produce Stalls. A Christmas Tree Festival is also being held within St.Cybi's Church. Contact Holyhead Town Council for details: 01407 764608 www.holyheadtowncouncil.co.uk

NEW PUB-RESTAURANT OPEN - Pub chain Marstons has opened "The Standing Stones", a new-built pub-restaurant next to Penrhos Retail Park and A55 Junction 2. See www.marstonstaverns.co.uk/holyhead/standingstones for details.

£5M TRUCK STOP PLAN FOR PARC CYBI - property developer Conygar has applied for planning permission to build a major transport and logistics facility on Parc Cybi business park next to A55 Junction 2, which it is estimated could create up to 80 jobs. The scheme has been welcomed as a way to gain more economic benefits from the large freight traffic flows through the port, and avoid the problem of lorries parking overnight on roadsides. See brochure www.parccybi-holyhead.com Posted 4/12/12

NEW TOWN CENTRE MASTERPLAN - Anglesey Council is commissioning a new town centre masterplan. The new plan will replace the plans prepared under the 2003-13 Holyhead Forward Strategy, and will form a basis for guiding new investment. It will link with new EU and Welsh Government Regeneration programmes that are expected to start in 2014. The new plan is due to be prepared by June 2013.

HITACHI BUYS NEW WYLFA SITE - Japanese giant Hitachi has completed its purchase of the Horizon nuclear power company which is planning to build a circa £8bn new power station at Wylfa near Holyhead, which it is estimated will create around 6,000 construction jobs and about 1,000 permanent ones. See weblink  www.hitachi.com/New/cnews 26/11/12

RHIANNON OFFSHORE WINDFARM - Plans for a very large marine offshore wind farm between Anglesey and the Isle of Man will be exhibited at Holyhead Town Hall on Saturday 24th November 2012 10am-3pm. See www.celticarray.com for details.

HOLYHEAD FIRST PLACE AT UK TOWN AWARDS - The Holyhead Empty Shops Initiative (ESI) was placed joint first in the UK-wide Business and Economy class project award at the Association of Market Towns Award Ceremony 2012 at Kendal in Cumbria on the 18th October 2012. The scheme was the best overall project in Wales. The Holyhead ESI started as a pilot commissioned via the Holyhead Interreg BRAND Project following a visit to a "pop-up shop" in Dun Laoghaire. It is managed by Plas Cybi Partnership, working with Anglesey County Council and Menter a Busnes. See websites http://towns.org.uk/2012/05/08/wales-holyhead and www.plascybi.co.uk

POWER STATION CONSULTATION - Horizon will be holding a public consultation in Holyhead Town Hall on Monday 15th October between 1pm and 6pm. For details see www.horizonnuclearpower.com . The Wylfa team can be contacted by calling its hotline on 0800954 9516.

NEW COUNCIL WARDS - The Welsh Government has decided to proceed with having multi-member County wards on Anglesey, despite local concerns. Holy Island will be divided into two wards - Holy Island Port and Holy Island Rural. It is expected that each ward will have three councillors. www.anglesey.gov.uk/Journals/2012/05/22/review-of-electoral-arrangements-report

LADY GA GA HIRES HOLYHEAD FERRY - Reports have been received that the HSS ferry was hired to transport Lady Ga Ga concert vehicles and staff to Ireland as part of her Born This Way Ball Tour.

DEATH OF LOCAL TOURISM CAMPAIGNER - Tributes have been made in praise of Holyhead tourism and heritage campaigner Jennifer Horsford who has died after a long illness.

NO "CALL-IN" FOR WATERFRONT SCHEME - Welsh Government planners have confirmed that they are content for the Local Planning Authority to decide on the Holyhead Waterfront planning application.

HOLYHEAD WEIGHTLIFTER AT THE OLYMPICS - Congratulations to Gareth Evans from Holyhead for his performance at the London Olympics 2012 where he managed to break the Welsh weightlifting record for his class.

£2M EU FUNDS APPROVED FOR PARC CYBI DEVELOPMENT - Developers Conygar have been awarded a EU grant of £2.2M towards the cost of building warehouse space and office units at Parc Cybi. Most of the investment will be private money. The project is the first phase of a larger development plan by the company. http://wales.gov.uk/newsroom/businessandeconomy/2012/120628cybi/?lang=en

COMMITTEE DECIDES TO SUPPORT WATERFRONT SCHEME - Anglesey's 6th June 2012 Planning Committee has resolved to support the planning department's recommendation to award outline planning consent for the Holyhead Waterfront Scheme. The estimated £100m project by development joint venture company Conygar Stenaline includes a new marina, hotel, new houses, and other facilities. Due to the scale of the project the decision is subject to a 21-day referral to the Welsh Government. See weblink http://cms.anglesey.gov.uk/Uploads/2012/05/31/Enc-CH

WORK UNDERWAY ON NEW PUB-RESTAURANT - Pub chain Marston's have started work on building a new 180-seat pub-restaurant in Holyhead next to A55 Junction 2 near to Morrisons. An estimated 40-50 jobs will be created. May2012

OCEAN COUNTESS VISITS HOLYHEAD - Monday 28th May 2012 sees a visit by the Ocean Countess cruise ship with around 700 passengers. Events in the town include choir singing at St.Cybi's at 10:30an and 11:30am, street entertainers, the weekly street market, and land train trips along the promenade.

TOWN WELCOMES CARIBBEAN PRINCESS - Wednesday 16th May will see a visit by a large cruise ship carrying some 3,500 mainly American passengers. Events arranged in the town include a street market and craft fair, Roman soldiers, choir singing in St.Cybi's church, and a Land Train shuttle service to the Promenade and Breakwater Country Park.

HOLYHEAD WINS WALES REGENERATION AWARD -Plas Cybi's innovative Empty Shops Initiative has been highly commended and named Wales Zone Winner by the Association of Market Towns, and the scheme will go forward to the UK award panel. See weblink http://towns.org.uk/2012/05/08/wales-action-for-market-towns-2012-award-winners-named

HOLY ISLAND FOOD FESTIVAL - A new festival featuring Welsh food and crafts will be held in Holyhead town centre on Saturday 5th May 2012. The event coincides with a visit by a Train Excursion and small Cruise Ship to the town, and an open day at the refurbished Sea Cadets Centre. May 2012

FIRST MINISTER PRAISES EMPTY SHOPS PROJECT - Welsh Prime Minister Carwyn Jones AM visited the Holyhead Empty Shops Initiative and praised it as an innovative way to help new businesses to set up. Plas Cybi Partnership were commissioned to run the pilot scheme by Anglesey County Council through the Holyhead Rebranding Project.

HOLYHEAD TOWN CENTRE Changes in 2011

HOLYHEAD TWINS WITH GREYSTONES - An official town twinning ceremony took place on Friday 20th January 2012 to mark the twinning of Holyhead with Greystones in County Wicklow, Ireland. Greystones has a similar population and coastal location. The twinning is celebrated on a new sign on the A55. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greystones

2011 News Archive

CHRISTMAS PARADE AND LIGHTS SWITCH-ON - The popular annual Christmas Parade was held on Satuday 26th November 2011, starting at Ysgol Kingsland at 4:15pm and ending in Market Square, where the Christmas Lights were switched on about 5pm. See www.holyheadroundtable.com and www.holyheadtowncouncil.co.uk

HOLYHEAD BONFIRE & FIREWORK DISPLAY - Holyhead Round Table held their popular annual bonfire and firework display at Penrhos Beach on St.Cybi's Day, Saturday 5th November 2011. www.holyheadroundtable.com

GREEN LINKS ON HOLY ISLAND APPROVED - A £340k project to promote walking and cycling on Holy Island for local people and tourists alike has been approved by the Welsh Government. The project led by Keep Wales Tidy will have hubs at the town centre, Breakwater Park, South Stack, Trearddur Bay, and Valley. www.keepwalestidy.org/8948

COMEDY NIGHT AT TOWN VENUE - Popular Anglesey comedian Tudur Owen will be appearing with two other acts at the Venue Walkway on the 23rd November at 8pm. Tel 01407 762229 or see www.venuewalkway.co.uk

PUB CHAIN PLANS FOR JUNCTION 2 SITE - Brewery and pub chain Marstons has applied for planning permission to build a large pub - restaurant on land next to Morrisons close to A55 Junction 2.

TREARDDUR BAY DIVING REEF? - Anglesey County Council has held a public consultation on the idea of creating an artifical diving reef off the coast of Trearddur Bay by sinking interesting structures or artefacts.

PARC CYBI TRANSPORT PARK GREEN LIGHT - The Welsh Government Business Minister has approved the sale of a nine acre site at Parc Cybi to the Conygar Investment Company to create a transport and distribution park, which will include a lorry park for up to 140 lorries, a fuel stop, driver facilities, and a HGV service centre, creating up tro 70 jobs. A planning application is expected shortly. See www.conygar.com/Project/ParcCybi/5a

HOLIDAY PARK CONSULTATION EVENT - Developers Land and Lakes will hold a public exhibition and consultation at Holyhead Town Hall on Friday October 21st (10am-7pm) and Saturday Octoober 22nd (10am-2pm) to display their plans for leisure and residential developments at Penrhos, Cae Glas, and Kingsland. See www.landandlakes.co.uk for information on the company.

ALUMINIUM SITE FUTURE USE -It has been announced that Lateral Power Limited are the preferred bidder for the smelter site, and that their plan includes biomass power production, and a major aquaculture and horticulture facility making use of the heat produced, potentially creating about 400 jobs. See www.lateral-power.com

HOLYHEAD IS BRITAIN IN BLOOM 2011 WINNER - The Plas Cybi led Holyhead in Bloom campaign has been announced as a Silver Gilt winner of the British towns class for 2011. See www.rhs.org.uk/Gardening/Community-gardening/pdf/RHS-Britain-in-Bloom-Results-2011-pdf

HOLYHEAD ENTERPRISE ZONE ANNOUNCED - The Welsh Government has announced that Anglesey will become an Enterprize Zone for energy sector investment in Wales. Holyhead is expected to be its main focus.

BIOMASS POWER STATION APPROVED - The UK Government has granted consent to build a 299MW biomass power station at the Anglesey Aluminium site in Holyhead, which could create up to 600 construction jobs and 100 permanent jobs. See link www.og.decc.gov.uk/EIP/pages/recent.htm

CHARITY SWIM TO IRELAND - Ronan Keating, Pamela Stephenson, Jenny Frost, Jason Bradbury and Steve Parry swam from Holyhead Marina on a 56 mile charity swim to Dublin in aid of Cancer Research UK.

HOLY HSLAND MARKETING VIDEO - A new promotional showreel has been produced as part of the Holyhead BRAND project. CD's are being produced and it is also available to view on Youtube - see www.youtube.com/watch?v=30bX42ERLAQ

NEW VENUE OPENS - a new cafe, bar, restaurant, and function room business called Venue Walkway has opened in Holyhead Town Centre's Market Street, creating 20 new jobs. The building is located next to the Celtic Gateway footbridge that links the town centre and ferry terminal. See www.venuewalkway.co.uk Aug11

OLYMPICS AT UCHELDRE - a major exhibition on the Olympic Games is underway at the Ucheldre Arts Centre in Holyhead until October 2011, including several artefacts. July11

COASTGUARD STATION SAVED - the news that Holyhead Coastguard Station will be retained as part of a UK-wide rationalisation has been welcomed. July11

WYLFA NAMED AS NEW NUCLEAR SITE - Wylfa near Holyhead has been named by the UK Government as one of eight site it considers suitable for new nuclear power stations, all of which adjoin existing nuclear power sites.

FIBRE OPTIC LINK TO IRELAND - Geo Networks Limited has applied to the Welsh Government for a marine license to install a subsea fibre optics cable between Dublin and Porth Dafarch near Holyhead. The project will improve IT links between Ireland and the UK.

NETTO CONVERTS TO ASDA - Holyhead's Netto store on A55 Junction 1 will receive a £500k refit and reopen as Holyhead's Asda store. The Netto will close on 25th June and the new Asda is expected to open 2 weeks later. It is one of four Netto stores in North Wales that will change to Asda. Jun11

MAJOR HOLIDAY CENTRE PLAN FOR PENRHOS - it has been announced that developer Land and Lakes (Anglesey) Ltd which is linked to the Kingmoor Park Properties Group has agreed an option with Anglesey Aluminium to create a major holiday resort at the Penrhos Estate land in Holyhead - a plan that could create 600 jobs. The news has been welcomed by Council leaders. May2011

KFC OPENS IN HOLYHEAD - The first KFC fast food restaurant on Anglesey will open at Penrhos Retail Park in Holyhead on Monday 16th May. They have taken on 44 members of staff in total.

HOT CEASES TRADING - Holyhead Opportunities Trust has ceased trading with the loss of 14 jobs. The Market Street based charity ran training and work placement contracts across Anglesy and Gwynedd, but were part of an unsuccessful consortium for a new contract under the DWP's new Work Programme. HOT trustees and staff have been praised for their hard work and achievements over the last 20 years.

ROYAL WEDDING TO BOOST ANGLESEY TOURISM - The royal wedding has led to a large increase in enquiries about Anglesey and it is hoped that the 2011 tourist season will be very busy. Prince William is based at RAF Valley near Holyhead.

BOATYARD PROFIT GROWTH - Holyhead Boatyard has been listed in the Sunday Times Profit Track 100 due to its high annual profit growth over three years, being ranked 86 in the UK. In the year to September 2009 the company had an annual turnover of £30m, a profit of £7.8m, and 207 employees. Apr11

HOLYHEAD ENTERPRISE ZONE? - Welsh Office Minister David Jones MP has suggested that Holyhead could become Wales' first Enterprise Zone in order to encourage new business investment. A number of Enterprise Zones have been announced for urban areas in England where businesses can benefit from rates exemptions and simplified planning rules. Apr11

NEW REBRANDING & MARKETING OFFICER - Felicity Roberts from Trearddur Bay has been appointed to the post of Holyhead Rebranding Project Officer, and will start in post on the 12th May 2011, based in Holyhead Town Hall.

EASTER FUN DAY SUCCESS - a family fun day in the town centre arranged by Plas Cybi Partnership on the 16th April 2011 was a great success, attracting some 2,000 people. The event costs were funded by the BRAND Project and staff costs were met by Plas Cybi. Local businesses were pleased and called for more similar events to be held.

HOLYHEAD BOATYARD GROUP £2.7M INVESTMENT - the Holyhead based marine services group are purchasing two new vessels, thanks to a loan from Finance Wales. One of the vessels will be built to service the offshore wind industry. Apr11

BIOMASS POWER PLAN PERMIT - Environment Agency Wales has granted an environmental permit for Anglesey Aluminium Metal Renwables Ltd to operate a large woodchip-fuelled biomass power station. The final decision on allowing the plant will be made by the UK Government's Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC). March 2011.

£8.7M SHELTERED HOUSING COMPLEX - Residents have started moving into the first phase of Tai Eryri's new £8.7m Penucheldre sheltered housing development which aims to promote independent living by older people. When completed it will include 54 one or two bedroom flats, a restaurant, fitness room, lounges, visitor bedrooms, and therapy rooms. March11

ROYAL COUPLE AT TREARDDUR - Prince William and Kate Middleton officially named a new hi-tech lifeboat at Trearddur Bay lifeboat station. Feb11

COASTGUARD CLOSURE PLAN PROTEST - A well attended protest meeting was held on Saturday 19th February 2011 against cost cutting plans by the Marine Coastguard Agency (MCA) plans to close its Holyhead base. See www.holyheadcoastguard.co.uk

BIOMASS POWER STATION PERMIT - Environment Agency Wales will hold a public information session at the London Road Community Centre on Thursday the 17th February 2011 between 4pm and 7pm on its draft decision to allow an Environmental Permit for the new £600M power station that has been proposed by AAM Renewables Ltd. There will be a further public consultation until March 4th 2011 before the Agency makes its final decision. See www.environment-agency.gov.uk/research/library/consultations/127154.aspx

FLY TO THE ISLE OF MAN OR BELFAST - Anglesey to Cardiff air services operator Manx2 will also be offering flights to and from the Isle of Man and Belfast over the summer of 2011. See www.manx2.com for timetables and prices. Anglesey Airport is located at RAF Valley near Holyhead.

ANGLESEY CRAFTS AT UCHELDRE - There will be an exhibition and sale of crafts by Anglesey Craftworkers at Ucheldre Centre between Tuesday 15th February and Sunday 20th March 2011.

Triple boost for community projects - Three Holyhead projects have been awarded community facilities improvement grants by the Welsh Assembly, including £300k for the Ucheldre Centre, £200k for Holyhead Sea Cadets, and £215k for the Kiddyland Community Interest Company. A total of 16 awards were made across Wales totalling £3M, to be spent within three years.

Holyhead in bloom - Following success in the Wales in Bloom 2010 competition, Holyhead has been selected by the Royal Horticultural Society as a finalist in the Britain in Bloom 2011 competition. A public meeting to brief local people form a bid committee and recruit volunteers will be held in Holyhead Town Hall on the 4th March 2011. See www.holyheadinbloom.com and www.rhs.org.uk/Gardening/Community-gardening/Britain-in-Bloom/News/Britain-in-Bloom-finalists

Maritime Museum praised in tourism awards - Holyhead Maritime Museum won a special award for their outstanding contribution to Anglesey tourism at the 2011 Anglesey Tourism Awards ceremony. Blackthorn Farm won the award for best Caravan and Camping site on Anglesey. Jan11

TOWN COUNCIL SUPPORTS WATERFRONT scheme -Holyhead Town Councillors have voted to recommend that the planning application by Conygar Stenaline Ltd for the Holyhead Waterfront Regeneration Scheme should be supported, subject to conditions for the safeguarding and maintenance of the Newry Green and Breakwater. Jan11

TOWN REGENERATION PLANS ON SHOW - An exhibition and conultation on various town centre regeneration projects and ideas took place on Monday 24th January 2011 at Holyhead Visitor Centre in Market Street. The exhibition newsletter may be downloaded from the 'Projects' section 'Town Centre Regeneration' page.

HOLYHEAD MARATHON - The Endurance Life Holy Island Marathon, half marathon, and 10k races was held on Saturday the 22nd January 2011, starting from Holyhead Breakwater Park. Click on www.endurancelife.com/event.asp?series=36&location=111 for further details. For video clips of race from Welsh language TV programme see http://news.bbc.co.uk/welsh/hi/newsid_9370000/newsid_9371500/9371599.stm

OFFERS IN TO BUY SMELTER SITE - Property agents King Sturge have confirmed that several bids have been received to buy the Anglesey Aluminium site, which will now be considered by the company.

GREAT BRITISH RAILWAY JOURNEYS - Michael Portillo visited Holyhead in Series 2 with a Llanberis to Holyhead feature broacast on BBC2 Friday 14th January 2011.

UK ENERGY BOSS VISITS PORTt - UK Energy Minister Charles Hendry MP toured Holyhead Port on the 10th January 2011 to view its potential as a base to service offshore energy developments in the Irish Sea. Jan11

GREEN LIGHT FOR LOG CABINS - A development of 51 holiday log cabins at Bagnol near Trearddur Bay has been approved by Anglesey's planning committee. Jan11

NEW DELI OPENS IN TOWN - A new delicatessen has been opened in Holyhead town centre's Market Street by local business people, helped by Menter a Busnes.

SEA CADETS LOTTERY FUNDING AWARD - Holyhead Sea Cadets have secured a grant of some £250k from the Big Lottery's People and Places Programme to upgrade their facilities at Newry Beach. Jan 11

COASTGUARD CLOSURE PLAN - Holyhead could see the closure of its Coastguard HQ and the loss of 23 jobs under rationalisation plans announced by the UK Government. Dec10

TRAINING CENTRE OPENED AT EATON FACTORY - A new "Community Learning Hub" training centre has been opened at the Eaton factory site, jointly funded by Eaton Electric and the trade union Unite through the Wales Union Learning Fund (WULF). It will give training, up-skilling and support to those who need it, in particular former employees of Eaton and Anglesey Aluminium. Dec10

CELTIC FIGURE UNEARTHED - A two-thousand year old bronze figurine has been found at Rhoscolyn by a metal detector enthusiast and named "Colyn". Dec 10

HOLYHEAD WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENT PLANS - Conygar Stenaline Ltd has submitted an outline planning application to Anglesey County Council for a major development in the outer harbour area. The plans include a marina, residential units, hotel, commercial and leisure uses, and associated land reclamation and service infrastructure. The local planning authority reference is 19C1046A/EIA/ECON. The application follows a public exhibition in Holyhead Town Hall in November. The developer's website is www.holyheadwaterfront.co.uk

2010 News Archive

WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENT CONSULTATION - A public exhibition and consultation was held by Conygar Stena Ltd on Thursday 25th November 2010 in Holyhead Town Hall 2-8pm. For the lastest news on the planned development of the Holyhead Waterfront, please visit www.holyheadwaterfront.co.uk

ALUMINIUM SITE FOR SALE - The Anglesey Aluminium site is reported as being for sale for an asking price of £10m.

HELLO HOLYHEAD - Hello Magazine has a three page story on Holyhead town centre, as the nearest town to RAF Valley, where Prince William is currently posted.

NAVY FRIGATE VISITS PORT - HMS Campbeltown a 5,300 tonne Type 22 frigate will be berthed at the Aluminium Jetty between 29th October and 2nd November.

NEW PROPERTY INVESTMENT FUND - The Regeneration Investment Fund for Wales (RIFW) has been launched to support major private development projects in urban areas with a regeneration strategy, such as Holyhead. See www.rifw.co.uk for details

WYLFA EXHIBITION - A public roadshow about the new £8bn power station plan for Wylfa will be held in Holyhead on November 2nd, including Holyhead Library 1-5pm and Ucheldre Centre 5-8pm. Holyhead is expected to see significant spin-offs from the project. See website for details : www.horizonnuclearpower.com/wylfa

HOLYHEAD MARATHON - running event organization Endurance life will hold a Holy Island running event on the 22nd January 2011 starting at Holyhead's Breakwater Country Park, including a 10km, half and full marathon races around Holy Island. Oct10

POUNDLAND TO OPEN HOLYHEAD STORE - budget retail chain Poundland plans to open a store in Holyhead, and is now recruiting staff. Oct10

RSBP PLAN FOR SOUTH STACK - having recently purchased the South Stack Kitchens cafe site, the RSPB has indicated its wish to develop a major visitor centre within five years, building on the success of its existing Ellin's Tower clifftop facility. Oct10

TRADITIONAL SAILING FESTIVAL RETURNS - the Gaff-Rig sailing festival has returned to Holyhead for the third year, with various events on land and sea over the weekend of 3rd/4th/5th September. Various activities of interst to visitors and families are being held on the Saturday and Sunday, including a mock battle.

FOUR CRUISE SHIPS IN FOUR DAYS - the first week in September saw visits by four cruise ships on consecutive days, including the Crystal Symphony, Europa, Prinsendam, and Europa. Events were held in the town centre for the largest ship visits, which were also enjoyed by many local people.

£70M UNDERSEA TURBINES PLAN ON DISPLAY - Holyhead Town Hall hosted an exhibition for the planned Skerries Tidal Stream Array, a major new renewable energy project which aims to tap into strong marine currents, and which lists proximity to Holyhead Port as a key consideration. The consultation by Sea Generation (Wales) Ltd was held on Monday 23rd August 2-8pm and Tuesday 24th August 9am-2pm. See www.marineturbines.com for further details.

TOWN WELCOMES WESTERDAM - a variety of events and activities in the town centre on Saturday 7th August drew large numbers of cruise passengers, tourists, and local people. There will be a steam train excursion to Holyhead on Sunday 8th August.

NEW VISITOR CENTRE - a new visitor centre has been opened in the High Street, providing information, gifts and crafts for sale. It is a summer pilot scheme run by Plas Cybi Partnership and Menter a Busnes, and funded by Anglesey County Council, the Assembly, and EU. See Plas Cybi website for further details www.plascybi.co.uk

HOLYHEAD WINS WALES IN BLOOM - Holyhead has been awarded first place in the medium size town category of the Wales in Bloom competition for 2010. Judges were very impressed by the work of Plas Cybi Partnership's environmental team around the town.

NEW CHAIR FOR REGENERATION BOARD - Councillor John Chorlton was elected as Holyhead Forward Board Chair on the 1st July 2010.

ANGLESEY ARMED FORCES DAY 2010 - Saturday 19th June - A major armed forces event took place in Holyhead which provided a great day out for families in the town. Events included VC remenbrance, flag raising, parade through town centre, exhibitions, activities, and fairground, beating the retreat, and visit by HMS Shoreham mine hunter.

NETTO TO BECOME ASDA ?- Netto stores across the UK have been bought by Asda, raising the possibility of the Holyhead store at A55 junction 1 becoming an Asda.

TALL SHIP VISITS BUT CRUISE SHIP CANCELS - the impressive Irish three masted vessel Artemis is due to call into Holyhead Marina on Tuesday 1st June. Two small cruise ships will visit over the bank holiday weekend but the planned visit by the larger Deutschland cruise ship later that week has been cancelled due to "technical problems" - her engine went on fire whilst visiting Norway.

WILKINSONS MAKEOVER - The Holyhead Wilkinsons is receiving an image revamp and the new-look store will be officially re-opened on Thursday 3th June 2010.

DUNKIRK FERRY LOSS 70th ANNIVERSARY - the 1st June will be the 70th anniversary of the sinking of the Holyhead ferry Scotia which was requisitioned by the Navy to carry troops to France in 1940. On her third trip to evacuate troops from Dunkirk she was sunk by a dive bomber with great loss of life. Special free entry offer applies 29th May to 4th June 2010 to those who complete and hand in a tourism questionnaire. See Maritime Museum website for further information on the Scotia : www.holyhead.com/hmsscotia/index.html

FOUR TOWN MARKETING PROJECT LAUNCHED - The BRAND initiative to rebrand and promote Holyhead, Rhyl, Dun Laoghaire and Athy was officially launched on the 18th May 2010. The scheme is 75% funded by the EU Interreg programme, and the Holyhead element is supported by Anglesey County and Holyhead Town Councils and the Welsh Assembly Government. Over 80 people attended the Holyhead Rebranding Workshop at the Ucheldre Centre on the 25th May. This identified key local priorities and a report on this event is in preparation.

PARC CYBI DEVELOPMENT APPROVED - Anglesey Planning Committee has supported an application by developers Conygar for major new distribution and office premises on the Parc Cybi business park at A55 Junction 2. It is estimated that the scheme will cost about £10m and create up to 450 jobs. May

STEAM TRAIN TO HOLYHEAD- The first of three steam train visits to Holyhead during 2010 arrived on Saturday 24th April. The 400 passenger train from Lincoln was steam hauled by the 6233 Duchess of Sutherland engine.

BREAKWATER PARK REVAMP PLANNED - Plans for upgrading the country park were on show there on Saturday 24th April 12noon-4pm and the public gave views and ideas.

FERRIES BUSY AS VOLCANO GROUNDS PLANES - The grounding of all flights due to Icelandic volcano dust has resulted in a massive increase in ferry usage through Holyhead. Singer Whitney Houston sailed on the Stena Nordica from Holyhead to reach a concert in Dublin.

PRINCE WILLIAM TO SERVE AT RAF VALLEY - It has been confirmd that Flt Lt Wales is likely to be stationed at RAF Valley near Holyhead for three years, engaged in helicopter search and rescue operations, following his current training there in Sea Kings.

TOWN MARKETING PROJECT - Siwan Owens from Valley has been appointed as Holyhead Marketing Officer. She will lead the new Holyhead Vision town image and rebranding project, part of the EU Interreg funded BRAND partnership between the four towns of Holyhead, Rhyl, Dun Laoghaire, and Athy. Apr

FIBRE OPTIC LINK TO DUBLIN - Dublin-based Sea Fibre Networks Ltd has applied for marine consent to lay a new fibre-optic cable between Ireland and the UK, landing at Porth Dafarch near Holyhead. The new cable will link the Irish Republic to the existing fibre optic cable that runs from Holyhead to Manchester, improving links to London, Europe and beyond. Plans have been placed for viewing in Holyhead Library. The company's trading name is CeltixConnect. See weblink www.celtixconnect.com Apr

BIOMASS COMMENTS INVITED - Environment Agency Wales are inviting th public to comment on the proposal by Anglesey Aluminium Renewables Ltd for an environmental permit to operate a major biomass power plant fuelled by wood chips. Comments are invited by 28th May 2010. See weblink here www.environment-agency.gov.uk/aboutus/default.aspx Summary project information is available on www.angleseyaluminium.co.uk

MARINE RENEWABLES PLANS ON SHOW - Energy company Centrica is developing ideas for a major windfarm in the Irish Sea between Anglesey and the Isle of Man. Holyhead may play a key role in building and servicing the project. An exhibition took place in Holyhead on Tuesday 20th April 2010. See link below to Centrica website with site map www.centricaenergy.com/index.asp?pageid=21&area=round3developments

TOP SITE FOR POWER STATION - Horizon, a joint venture by giant energy firms RWE and E.on, is expected to announce Anglesey as its preferred UK site to build a new nuclear power station by 2020. The circa £7billion investment is expected to create thousands of construction jobs and about 800 permanent jobs. Holyhead is the nearest main town, located about 15 miles by road from the Wylfa site. Link to Horizon website www.horizonnuclearpower.com/wylfa.php

BUSINESSES WELCOME RATE EXEMPTION - Holyhead Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the application to Wales of the recent budget announcement of additional small business rate relief for 12 months from October 2010. Small business premises will be fully exempt, with partial exemption for intermediate sized premises.

NEW MENSWEAR SHOP OPENS IN OLD BUILDING - A much requested new men's clothing shop has opened in a historic building in the town centre. Ace 4 Men is the only solely menswear shop in Holyhead, and is located in a recently refurbished building in Market Square, part of which is 1,700 years old.

TOWNSCAPE HERITAGE PROJECT - Following approval to start by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Anglesey Country Council's Planning Service are in the process of appointing a historic buildings expert to manage the new £3m Holyhead Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) which covers the town centre.

BIG PLANS FOR MARKET HALL - A planning application has been made to convert the historic Market Hall into a play centre with cafe/ restaurant on the ground floor, with 11 flats above, together with a new-built block of 11 flats on land to the side. Mar

WIND TURBINE FACTORY PLAN - Peter Hain MP, the Secretary of State for Wales, has revealed that proposals are under consideration to create a major wind turbine manufacturing facility at the Anglesey Aluminium site. Feb

MORE CRUISE SHIPS - A record thirteen cruise ships have booked to visit Holyhead during 2010 bringing over 7,000 passengers. There will also be also three steam train excursions to Holyhead. Eleven ships have already booked for 2011 involving some 15,000 passengers. Mar

TESCO EXPANSION APPROVED - A planning application for a major expansion and remodelling of the existing Tesco store in Holyhead has been supported by Anglesey County Council. 

NORTH WALES TOURISM PLAN - A new regional tourism plan has been supported by the County Council. It identifies Holyhead as a specific tourism hub, including the development of a new cruise ship terminal.

MARINE ENERGY PROJECTS - Two massive renewable energy project plans for sea areas near Holyhead have taken a stage forward. Seven Seagen underwater marine current turbines are proposed near the Skerries by MCT / npower - investors including the Carbon Trust have now agreed to help move the project forward. Further north, the Crown Estate has awarded a license to Centrica Renewable Energy to site 840 marine wind turbines. Holyhead may play a role in helping to build and service these projects.

CHANGE TO STENA FAST FERRY SERVICE - The large HSS Explorer will in future only operate during the summer months (June 28 - September 5), being replaced during the rest of the year by the smaller Stena Express ferry, which currently operates between Fishguard and Rosslare. No redundancies are expected due to the change.

2009 News Archive

December

LAST SHIFT AT EATON FACTORY - The final phase of about 90 redundancies is taking place at Eaton Electrical with the closure of production at Holyhead. An after-market service operation continues, employing about 40. Dec09

PARC CYBI OFFICES AND WAREHOUSES PLANNED - The Conygar Investment Company has made a planning application to build a number of properties at Parc Cybi. These include three two-storey prestige office buildings near the park entrance, and four industrial warehousing/ distribution units totalling 110,000 sqft next to the A55, aimed at transport and logistics companies seeking locations close to the port. Dec09

November

MAJOR SEAFRONT PLANS PUT FORWARD - Conygar Stena Line has made a scoping request to Anglesey County Council asking for the planning authority's views on what factors need to be considered when planning their development for part of the outer harbour area. The development is envisaged to include a new pontoon marina for some 500 boats protected by a breakwater, a new hotel, leisure/retail units, a new sailing club, boat storage and maintenance facilities, around 400 new residential units, car parking, landscaping, and related infrastructure. Related proposals include an enlarged maritime museum and visitor railway. A formal planning application is expected to be made in 2010. Nov09.

NUCLEAR POWER STATION - Following the UK government's announcement about 10 sites for new stations, RWE npower is inviting communities across Anglesey to find more about its proposals for a new nuclear power station at Wylfa. The Holyhead exhibition will be on Monday 30th November at the Ucheldre Centre between 2-8pm.

PLAN FOR 140 NEW HOUSES - The Welsh Assembly Government has applied for outline planning permission to build about 140 houses on a site of 3.9 hectares to the north of Parc Cybi, next to A55 junction 2. <.p>

October

OYSTER FESTIVAL 2009 - The annual oyster festival for 2009 was a great success, featuring local food and drink produce, with a focus on seafood. It was held on the 10th/11th October at the Trearddur Bay Hotel.

CHAPEL DEMOLITION - Local residents have expressed dismay at the demolition of Capel Disgwylfa on London Road, saying it is the loss of yet another historic landmark. Anglesey CC have confirmed that it was not a listed building. It is believed that owners Gwynedd Shipping cleared the site due to fears about safety and allowing expansion of their depot.

END OF SMELTING OPERATIONS ? - Anglesey Aluminium have stopped smelting and are mothballing the facilities for possible future restart. Aluminium "remelt" operations will continue. Total employment at the plant is expected to fall to about 80 by January 2010.

About 450 staff are being made redundant, of which about 140 are voluntary. Job Centre Plus are operating a special redundancy suite in Llangefni during the first fortnight in October to cope with the demand.

September

GREEN LIGHT FOR HISTORIC TOWN SCHEME - Anglesey County Council's cabinet have agreed to accept a Heritage Lottery Grant and proceed with a £3m+ Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) scheme for improving and promoting the historic core of the town.

STENA STAFF SHARE LOTTERY WIN - A syndicate of Stena staff are said to have won c£2.2m on the lottery and are each reputedly sharing about £70,000

August

PLAN FOR MARKET HALL - A planning application has been made to refurbish the historic Market Hall into an indoor children's play centre together with other uses.

ALUMINIUM REDUNDANCIES CONFIRMED - Anglesey Aluminium has confirmed that it will be implementing 140 voluntary redundancies and c 250 compulsory redundancies, most to take place in early October, leaving some 80 employees to run a "re-melt" facility. Last minute talks regarding government funding for continud operations did not result in agreement. Local agencies have been working with the company to agree how to respond and assist and advise affected staff.

EATON AFTER MARKET JOBS SECURED - Up to 40 jobs will be saved at Eaton Electrical after a Welsh Assembly grant was awarded, helping to persuade Eaton to retain its aftermarket servicing facility in Anglesey, rather than transferring it to Eaton's UK headquarters in Birmingham. About 100 redundancies are expected to happen by the end of 2009 with the closure of the production facility in Holyhead.

July

GOVERNMENT OFFER TO SAVE SMELTER - Media reports suggest that a financial package worth £48M has been offered to Anglesey Aluminium in order to safeguard jobs at the Holyhead plant, but that this was not considered sufficient by the company to allow it to viably continue its existing operations. Jul09 /

BARONESS KINNOCK OF HOLYHEAD - Glenys Kinnock who is originally from Holyhead, has been appointed to the UK government cabinet as Europe Minister. She has received a seat in the House of Lords to allow this, and chose a title reflecting her home town. We wish her well in her new role.

NIGHTCLUB INVESTMENT - A Holyhead nightclub is due to reopen after a £375k investment. The former Hibernian club has received an extensive refit and has been rebranded as "Piranha". The new club is due to open on July 17th. Jul09

June

PORTS REVIEW - Welsh MP's are carrying out a review of issues impacting on ports in Wales, and how their economic contribution can be increased. The Welsh Affairs Committee have visited Holyhead, and have received evidence about various Holyhead issues and opportunities, including the proposed new port access link, cruise ship terminal, and the need for a lorry park. Jun09

CRUISE SHIP MARKETING PROJECT - Funding for the Celtic Wave project has been approved - a £1m EU Interreg funded scheme to attract more cruise ships to visit Holyhead and five other ports in the Irish Sea. It is hoped to attract 30 cruise ships a year to Holyhead by 2013. Jun09

HOLYHEAD PRIMARY SCHOOL OPTIONS - A report outlining Holyhead primary school rationalisation options has been published by the Education Authority. Five of the town's seven primary schools have empty spaces, totalling 300. One option is to build two new modern schools in their place.

NEW INITIATIVE TO REDUCE UNEMPLOYMENT - The UK government has awarded funding of £380k over two years for a new initiative to reduce economic inactivity in Communities First wards in Anglesey and North Gwynedd, including four in Holyhead. The initiative will be led by former Holyhead regeneration officer Elizabeth White

May

POWER STATION PLAN - Anglesey Aluminium are proposing to develop a renewable energy power station at their site in Holyhead. A public exhibition of the plans was held on th 16th & 17th June in Holyhead Town Hall. The proposed £600m power station would be fuelled by wood chips, and would create around 100 permanent jobs. May09.

TOWN CENTRE £4M BOOST - Holyhead town centre will receive a £4m share of a £37m regeneration package for seven North Wales towns announced by the Welsh Assembly on the 9th May. The four year package is funded by the EU Convergence programme and other sources. It will include targeted property improvements, urban realm upgrades, better signage, a heritage initiative, and town centre management.

STEAM EXCURSIONS SEASON STARTS - The first of seven tourist steam train excursions from England to Holyhead in 2009 will take place on Saturday the 10th May /

CRUISE SHIP BOOKINGS UP - A successful marketing drive and provision for direct berthing at the aluminium jetty has resulted in 10 cruise ship bookings for 2010. Five cruise ships are booked in 2009, with the first on Sunday May 11th.

April

HOLYHEAD ECONOMIC SUMMIT - Holyhead Town Council and Holyhead Forward hosted an econmic summit for the town on Friday the 24th April, 2009 in Holyhead Town Hall. Over 40 delegates from the public, business, and community organizations met and discussed how Holyhead should respond to the current economic challenges facing the town. April 09

BOARD CHAIR RETIRES - Steve Jones' term of office as Independent Chair of the Holyhead Forward Board has ended. He was publicly thanked for his service to the town during the Holyhead Economic Summit. Steve Jones has been appointed to the post of Chief Executive of the new Tai Ceredigion housing association, and we wish him well in his new job. April 09

SMELTER FUTURE TALKS - Welsh Secretary Paul Murphy has held talks with UK and Welsh Assembly Government ministers and officials in London to discuss a possible way forward for the extension of Anglesey Aluminium's electricity supply contract after 30th September 2009. A 180-day consultation period for possible redundancies was started on the 3rd April. /

HOLYHEAD GETS BIGGER - The Welsh Assembly has confirmed an order extending the administrative boundaries of Holyhead to include the Penrhos area, which was previously part of Trearddur Community. The area transferred includes Anglesey Aluminium, Penrhos Retail Park, Penrhos Country Park, and the Parc Cybi Business Park. 1/4/09

March

£2M FOR COMMUNITIES FIRST - Holyhead's three Communities First partnerships have been awarded three year funding until March 2012 by the Welsh Assembly Government. The awards include £1,022k for Plas Cybi, £598k for Morlo, and £471k for Porthyfelin. Plas Cybi's funding includes a team of environmental workers for the town.

TESCO PLAN STORE EXTENSION - Tesco have applied for permission to roughly double the size of their Holyhead superstore. The scheme would include a decked car park, mezzanine floor cafe, and large extension.

KINGSLAND CENTRE BOOST - The planned new £1.5m community and childcare centre in Kingsland is a step nearer, thanks to an award of £200k from the Welsh Assembly's Community Facilities Grant.

February

TREARDDUR BAY NEW SEA WALL - Welsh Assembly Minister for the Environment Jane Davidson AM has officially opened a £1.9m new sea defence wall at Trearddur Bay. The scheme was jointly funded by the Assembly and the County Council, being designed to minimize the risk of sea flooding to property in the village. Feb09

LEISURE CENTRE TO BE IMPROVED - The County Council cabinet have agreed to pursue the option of improving and extending the existing Leisure Centre, to include facilities for the local weightlifting and boxing clubs.Feb09

£1M FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING SCHEME - A scheme of 16 new affordable houses for a brownfield site on Turkeyshore Road will go ahead thanks to a £1.1M grant from the Welsh Assembly. The project is a joint venture between the County Council's Housing Service, Housing Association Tai Eryri, and developers Watkin Jones.

SCHOOL RATIONALISATION RETURNS - Holyhead primary schools will be reviewed, with a view to potential rationalisation.

FREQUENT FERRY SERVICES RETURN - Irish Ferries have announced that twice-daily Swift fast ferry servics between Holyhead and Dublin Port will return on the 27th February.

CRUISE TERMINAL PLANS - Engineering design company Hyder have been appointed by the Welsh Assembly Govenment to draw up detailed plans for the new North Wales Cruise Terminal in Holyhead.

SMALL SHOPS TO BENEFIT FROM EU GRANT - A regulation blocking small shops from receiving local business grants has been withdrawn, and small retail businesses will now be eligible to apply for a new grant scheme due to start in April 2009.

EATON PROTEST MARCH - A protest march paraded through Holyhead on Saturday 14th February to call for the saving of some of the 265 factory jobs due to be lost during 2009. The march arranged by trade union Unite ended with a rally meeting in the Town Hall. Feb09

FERRY INVESTMENT CREATES JOBS - Stena have invested £3m in upgrading their two large ferry vessels, the Adventurer and the Nordica. The Adventurer fastcraft has returned to service after its refit, and will be departing daily to Dun Laoghaire at 10:30am and returning to Holyhead at 1:30pm. The Nordica will in future be carrying tourists as well as freight, and this is expected to create an extra 50 jobs. Feb09 /

CLEANEST STREETS IN WALES - Anglesey has been given the best score in Wales for street cleansing by Keep Wales Tidy inspectors. The County Council's street cleansing contractor is Verdant Group. Feb09

TESCO WIND TURBINES PLAN - Tesco plc have applied for planning permission to site two 10.6m high wind turbines at their Holyhead superstore. Feb09

TOWN CENTRE SURVEY RESULTS - A survey of town centre area commercial premises in Holyhead in February 2009 has been carried out. It counted 211 commercial premises, of which 177 were occupied, and 34 vacant. The commercial property vacancy rate was 16%, compared with a UK average of about 11%. Of the vacant premises, 3 were being refurbished, and five had proposed occupiers. Feb09

January

NEW POWER STATION MOVES CLOSER - The NDA has named Wylfa near Holyhead as one of four UK sites where it wishes to see new nuclear power stations built. This could see a £2bn investment with an estimated 10,000 construction jobs, and 1,000 permanent jobs. Jan09

WORK STARTS ON £25M HANGAR - Construction Group Morgan Sindall has started work on a new fast flying training centre at RAF Valley near Holyhead, a contract worth £25M.

PASSPORTS TO TRAVEL TO IRELAND - Ferry passengers travelling between Wales and Ireland will face routine passport checks under new legislation designed to boost border controls. Jan09

TOWN TOPS VACANCY FLOORSPACE SURVEY - Retail analysts Experian have identified part of Holyhead town centre as having the second highest retail floorspace vacancy rate in the UK, at 27%. This compares with a units vacancy rate in Holyhead town centre of around 16%. Three large empty units accounted for much of the vacant space, namely the historic Market Hall, Kwik Save, and Empire Bingo Hall properties. The Experian survey covered Market Street and Stanley Street only. Jan09.

ANGLESEY ALUMINIUM TO END SMELTING ? - Anglesey Aluminium, has announced that it "expects to end smelting operations in September 2009" as it has not yet been unable to reach a feasible solution to extend the existing power contract beyond September 2009. It says that consultations with employees and unions will now start, but that it will also evaluate alternative operating activities, including the continuation of certain existing industrial operations. The plant now employs over 500. The press release appears on www.riotinto.com and there is an announcement also on www.kaiseraluminum.com/ (under Investors). 15.1.09

PRINCE WILLIAM TO TRAIN AT RAF VALLEY - It has been announced that Prince William, to be known as Training Flt.Lt.Wales, is to spend time training as a pilot in Sea King search and rescue helicopters at RAF Valley. Holyhead harbour is regularly used for helicopter rescue training by the RAF.

EATON FACTORY CLOSURE CONFIRMED - Some 265 jobs will be lost at electrical components manufacturer Eaton Electrical. Staff have now been told that the Holyhead factory will close during 2009, starting with some job losses in March. Eaton plan to focus component production operations with a German company Moeller on mainland Europe. A Community Action Group was formed in October to co-ordinate a local response to the proposed closure. Jan09

BEST GREEN SPACE IN WALES - Holyhead Breakwater Park has been named by the Times newspaper as on of the four Best Open Spaces in Britain. See www.timesonline.co.uk under Travel > 2008 Green Spaces Travel Award. Jan09

2008 News Archive

January

OLYMPICS 2012 TRAINING CENTRE - Holyhead was selected as a location for a 2012 Olympics weightlifting training centre, to be sited at the Holyhead Weightlifting Club in Millbank. Holyhead has a very strong record in the sport, inlcuding some international medals.

WATEFRONT DEVELOPMENT ANNOUNCEMENT - Stena entered into a joint venture with the Conygar Investment Company plc in order to develop surplus non-operational land currently owned by them in Holyhead. Conygar has committed £7M to the joint venture to fund project development costs with Stena contributing land. Conygar are already involved in developing a major waterfront scheme for Pembroke Dock - see www.martelloquays.co.uk for details.

LAND TRAIN WINS TOURISM AWARD - Holyhead's new Road Train has been judged to be Anglesey's best new visitor attraction, and received the award at the Annual Anglesey Tourism Awards ceremony at Treysgawen Hall Hotel.

TOWN QUALIFIES FOR REGENERATION FUNDS - Holyhead has been included on a list of 44 settlements in Wales which will qualify to apply under the EU Convergence programme Priority 5 budget of £100M ERDF funds for "Building Sustainable Communities". The funding will provide for physical regeneration, including town centre improvements, and for community development activities.

NEW BUILDING FRAME CHANGES SKYLINE - The steel frame of a new £2M development is changing the town centre skyline. The new cafe/bar and office scheme next to the Celtic Gateway bridge forms part of the mainly EU funded £4m town centre improvement package. Other related works to improve ugly property rears and create a visitor car park are also underway on Victoria Road

February

WORK STARTS ON NEW BUSINESS UNITS - Contractors have started work on a new block of four small business units on Penrhos Business Park. The development of 150sqm units by Anglesey County Council to meet the growing local demand for such premises is expected to be completed by August./

&POUND;15M REGENERATION PLAN LAUNCHED - The new "Mon a Menai" strategic regeneration funding plan was launched in the Trearddur Bay Hotel by Welsh Assembly Government Minister Leighton Andrews. It is expected that Holyhead will receive a major share of this new Assembly funding towards projects such as the waterfont improvements and new cruise ship terminal.

PRAISE FOR NEW BISTRO - The new Mala's Bistro restaurant in Holyhead Town Centre has been described as "excellent" in the Daily Post Taste Test review.

March

CINEMA OPENS - The Empire Cinema in Holyhead has re-opened (3/08)

TWINNING LINK CELEBRATES ANNIVERSARY - The Holyhead and Dun Laoghaire Link organization celebrated its tenth anniversary with a St.Patrick's Day Dinner at the Trearddur Bay Hotel. Holyhead Link stalwart Jeff Evans was presented with an award and a personal letter of thanks from Irish prime minister Bertie Aherne.(3/08).

April

STEAM TRAIN EXCURSIONS TO HOLYHEAD - Two steam trains carrying 800 passengers visited Holyhead in April. The Princess Elizabeth train visited Holyhead on Saturday the 19th April, followed by a second steam train on Saturday the 26th April. A total of ten steam train excursions are due to visit Holyhead during the spring / summer of 2008.

TOWN CENTRE STORE REVAMP - The large Co-op store in Market Street has received a £300k private investment, including improvements to the shop frontage and interior.

INNER HARBOUR DEVELOPMENT CONCEPT - Holyhead Forward Board chair Steve Jones has announced the existence a concept plan by consultants for a major long-term re-development of part of the Inner Harbour, which was revealed to the Board at its April meeting (4/08).

MORRISONS STORE DEVELOPMENT - Siteworks have started at Penrhos as part of the building of a major new Morrisons superstore, and the steel frame is now being erected. Morrisons have advertised for a store manager and deputy managers (4/08).

SLIPWAY & BOAT STORE - A £500k scheme to improve small boat fishing infrastructure near Bol Sach in the Outer Harbour has started. The scheme is being jointly funded by the EU Fisheries Fund and the Welsh Assembly Fisheries Department.(4/08).

May

PHONE BOXES CLOSURE PLANS - Rising mobile phone usage has led to BT proposals to remove many public telephone boxes, including four in Holyhead. BT has asked Anglesey County Council planning department for its views.

SCHOOL PROJECT WINS LOTTERY CASH - Morlo Communities First Partnership have been awarded a £9,828 Big Lottery Breathing Places Grant for environmental improvements around the Ysgol Llanfawr primary school grounds.

ELECTION CHANGES ON HOLY ISLAND - Four of Holy Island's seven wards have new County Councillors, following the 1st May local elections. There are also a small number of new Town Councillors. For further details see www.anglesey.gov.uk

June

BRONZE AGE RING FOUND - a gold ring found by archaeologists at the Parc Cybi business park has been dated to around 2,000 BC.

CRUISE SHIP CALL IN - The 600-passenger "Saga Rose" visited on Friday the 6th June, which berthed on the aluminium jetty as a trial. The next large cruise ship visit will be in September.

SAILING SHIP VISITS - The 47 metre Kaskelot square rigged sailing ship visited Holyhead on the 4th and 11th June, providing 3-hour sailing trips from the Public Quay. See www.square-sail.com for details.

TESCO PLANS EXTENSION - plans have been revealed to almost double the floorspace of the existing Holyhead store at Penrhos, and build a new car parking deck. The plans have been placed on public display, and a planning application is expected.

HISTORIC SCHOOL TO BE DEMOLISHED - Anglesey County Council has confirmed its intention to demolish the old Cybi School building, which is now vacant, and is not a listed building.

TOWN REBRANDING PLAN - Anglesey County Council have authorized a bid for EU Interreg funds towards an image makeover for Holyhead, as part of a scheme involving four towns, including also Rhyl, Athy, and Dun Laoghaire.

POST OFFICE CLOSURES PLAN - Three sub-post offices in the Holyhead area are included in a list of 52 that may close in North Wales. These are : Church Terrace, Llaingoch Community Centre, and Four Mile Bridge. The proposals by the Post Office are subject to a seven-week consultation. See www.postoffice.co.uk under "network change update".

NEW FOOD WEBSITE - A new website has been launched to promote local food and eating out venues in Holyhead. See www.holyheadfood.com

July

HOLYHEAD FESTIVAL WEEKEND - The annual Holyhead Festival on the weekend of the 26th and 27th July was very successful. Crowds enjoyed the fun fair, history re-enactments, military displays, classic vehicles, hovercraft trips, craft stalls, and other activities. There was also an evening event on Saturday night featuring an Abba tribute band and the Steve Brolin Hypnotic Show.

ANGLIA ANCHOR RECOVERED - An anchor recovered from the wreck of the Anglia was returned to Holyhead on the 15th July and was met by Town Mayor Cllr Ailia Lewis and representatives of the Maritime Museum. The Anglia ferry boat was requisitioned during World War I for use as a hospital ship, and was sunk near Dover. The anchor is now in the port on the sea bed waiting conservation work.

August

EURO FUNDS TO EXTEND CENTRE - London Road Community Centre will be extended in the next few months, thanks to £200k funding from Objective One and a Town Improvement Grant awarded to the Morlo Partnership. Aug 08

RAILWAY EVENT SUCCESS - Hundreds attended a miniature railway exhibition in St Mary's Hall on the August Bank Holiday, coinciding with a steam train visit from Liverpool. Exhibitors were very pleased with the turnout, and are anxious for the event to be repeated next year. Aug 08

MORRISONS RECRUITMENT OPEN days - Over 700 people attended a three day recruitment event held on August 3rd/4th/5th by Morrisons in Holyhead Town Hall to promote job opportunities at their new retail store, due to open at the end of 2008. Aug 08

ECONOMIC HUB DESIGNATION - Holyhead has been designated as one of six "economic hubs" in North Wales by Welsh Assembly planners. The 2008 Update of the Wales Spatial Plan also defines Holyhead as a "Key Regeneration Area" and a "National Gateway." Aug 08

September

CRUISE SHIP VISIT CANCELLED -The cruise ship Jewel of the Seas' planned visit to Holyhead on Thursday September 11th had to be cancelled due to rough seas, making it too hazardous to bring passengers ashore in tenders. Various welcome events in the town centre for the anticipated 2,500 passengers were cancelled. This has reinforced the calls for a purpose-built cruise berth to be built, to avoid the need for tendering. Sept 08

LAND DEAL FOR RAIL DEPOT RELOCATION - Anglesey County Council has reached agreement with Anglesey Aluminium to buy land for the relocation of a rail depot now sited in the town centre, to make way for new port access / exit infrastructure and other improvements to the area.

October

FUEL COSTS HIT FAST FERRY TIMES - Rising fuel costs have forced Stena to slow down its fast HSS ferry sailing between Holyhead and Dun Laoghaire. It will now take an additional 16 minutes to cross.

RMS LEINSTER 90TH ANNIVERSARY - The Irish Post Office has issued a special stamp to comemmorate the sinking by torpedo in 1918 of the Holyhead to Kingstown ferry boat RMS Leinster with great loss of life. A remembrance service is due to take place in St.Michael's Church in Dun Laoghaire on the 10th October at 12 noon.

RURAL GRANT BOOST - Holy Island and other areas of Anglesey will receive £2.6m of European funds for Rural Development projects over the next 3 years, covering heritage, tourism, local food and other activities.

CRUISE BERTH PLAN MOVES CLOSER - Four engineering companies have been invited by the Welsh Assembly Government to tender for the work to design a new cruise berth and an extension to the Anglesey Aluminium jetty. Oct 08

November

'TIM CYBI' YOUTH & BUSINESS INITIATIVE - A new partnership between major local employers and Holyhead High School has been launched. Nov08

MARKET CROSS EXTENDED - As part of town centre improvements, the modern stone cross in Market Square has been extended so that it now stands 4 metres high, and stone seating has been installed around it. It has an inscrition in four languages -Welsh, English, Irish, and Latin. Nov08

LOG CABINS PROPOSAL - A planning application has been made to site 51 holiday log cabins at the Bagnol & Tyn Tywyn Caravan Park in Trearddur Bay. Nov08

NEW MORRISONS SUPERSTORE OPENS - The new £25M Morrisons retail store was opened by Holyhead Mayor Ailia Lewis on Monday 17th November. A total of around 250 new jobs have been created at the new store at Penrhos near Junction 2 of the A55.

NEW LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN - Anglesey planners have unveiled their draft new local plan for guiding development in the county until 2021, including specific plans and land allocations for Holyhead.

ANOTHER POST OFFICE TO CLOSE - The Church Terrace Post Office is one of five further post offices in North Wales that are due to close under the rationalisation plans.

PARC CYBI ROAD OFFICIALLY OPENED - Deputy First Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones AM officially opened the access road for the new £13M Parc Cybi Business Park on the 24th October 2008. The scheme includes a direct link from A55 Junction 2, and provides more direct access between the A55 and Trearddur Bay.

FERRY SAILINGS CUT - Both Stena and Irish Ferries have announced that their fast ferry sailings will be reduced to one service a day from November 2008 onwards, due to high fuel costs and reduced traffic levels over winter.

NEW TOURISM PLAN FOR SOUTH STACK - Local development consortium YLD Limited have submitted a planning application to redevelop the South Stack cafe to create an iconic new visitor centre, with cafe, retail area, and 10 holiday apartments.

December

WOOLWORTHS TO CLOSE - 19 jobs will be lost as the national chain store company closes its Holyhead store on the 27th December, as part of a national closure programme. Crowds of shoppers have flocked to spend in the store in response to discount deals. Three jobs are also being lost as the Fads shop closes. Dec08

HOLYHEAD HIGHLIGHTED IN NEW TOURISM PLAN - The Welsh Assembly Government has launched a new coastal tourism strategy which specifically refers to supporting resort and town centre improvements in Holyhead. Dec08

FIVE STAR RESTAURANT - The recently refurbished Seacroft 'restaurant with rooms' in Trearddur Bay has been awarded a prestigious five star rating by VisitWales. See www.theseacroft.com Dec08

NEW FAST TRAIN SERVICE TO CARDIFF -Deputy First Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones AM launched a new faster train service between Holyhead and Cardiff, saving about 30 minutes on previous journey times. Dec08

NEW BUILDING COMPLETED - The official opening of "Ty Celtaidd" - a new building in Holyhead Town Centre, was announced by Ieuan Wyn Jones AM, Deputy First Minister of the Welsh Assembly Government, on the 12th December 2008. The building was created as part of a £6M package of improvements to the town centre during 2005-2008

RIO TINTO ANNOUNCEMENT FEARS - The worldwide Rio Tinto metals Group has announced plans to axe 14,000 jobs. They are part-owners of Anglesey Aluminium, and it is not yet known what the impact of this will be on the Holyhead-based company. Dec08

2007 News Archive

January

New Left Luggage facility opened in the railway station, managed by the Town Council. New office suite created at Holyhead Town Hall.

February

Start of the Parc Cybi (Ty Mawr) site development groundworks alongside A55 Junction 2

March

New Homebase Store opened. First Minister Rhodri Morgan AM opens the £35M new Holyhead Sewarage Treatment Works.

April

Start of new small business rate relief scheme. RSPB launch a Guillemots viewing event at the Celtic Gateway bridge

May

New "Pumpkin" Cafe opens in the Ferry Terminal Holyhead Marina wins Blue Flag award Start of daily passenger flights between Cardiff and Anglesey Airport

June

Dafydd Hardy Estate Agent opens office in Holyhead Kwik Save store in Market Street closes, following UK-wide problems Opening of the Maritime Museum's new "Holyhead at War" exhibition & unveiling of the "Western Approches" film trail plaque

July

Historic replica ships "Grand Turk" (featured on Hornblower) and John Cabot's medieval caravel "The Matthew" visited Holyhead Armed police patrol the ferry terminal following terrorist incidents in London and Glasgow The Grand Princess cruise ship visited, carrying some 2,650 passengers A French Market visited, coinciding with a visit by the Ocean Majesty cruise ship Holyhead celebrated Thomas Telford's 250th birthday with events in the town centre A combined Holyhead Leisure, Maritime, and Heritage Festival was held The Holyhead Forward Board considered initial concepts and ideas for improving the Waterfront area

August

The Boundary Commission recommends extending the boundaries of the town to include Penrhos, Anglesey Aluminium, and Parc Cybi. The Grand Princess cruise ship revisited, bringing some 2,650 passengers A milestone plaque was unveiled near Salt Island on Thomas Telford's 250th birthday

September

Visit of the cruise ship Century, together with a further visit by the French Market Opening of the new £2M 54 bed Travelodge Hotel at Kingsland Road, creating 15 new jobs A Welsh Language awareness week was held The public were invited to see the archaeological dig at Parc Cybi

October

The annual Oyster & Welsh Produce Festival in Trearddur Bay was the best yet The Holyhead Forward Board agreed an update to the Holyhead Forward Regeneration Strategy for the period 2008-2013 A joint venture was announced between Stena and the Conygar Investment Company to develop surplus non-operational land around the harbour.

November

The London Road Community Centre celebrated its first year of operation, creating 9 jobs - see www.holyheadcentre.com Stena announced that the Seatrader freight ferry would be receiving a £5M upgrade The "Landmark Wales" project for ten major artwork features around Wales failed to reach the final round of the UK "Living Landmarks" competition

December

Annual Christmas festivities included a Christmas Tree Festival and Living Nativity Parade.

2006 News Archive

January

Economic study into the possible impact of the planned Wylfa nuclear power station closure is published, including information on Anglesey Aluminium.

February

Start of town centre improvement works at Stanley Crescent and Swift Square.

March

St.David's Day shop window dressing competition. Holyhead Forward Board meeting in Trearddur Bay Hotel. Planning application for 54 bed hotel at A55 junction 1 Kingsland Rd. Housing development at Llaingoch given go-ahead.

April

Port Authority Stena were looking at the option of placing a number of wind turbines alongside the breakwater as a means of safeguarding the structure and generating income. Works on a a £5M commercial and residential development at Holyhead Marina was underway.

May

Developer's Petiffer Estates announced plans to extend their existing retail park by a further 100,000sq.ft

June

Holyhead Town Council proposed that they be merged with Trearddur and Rhoscolyn Community Councils to create one local council for Holy Island. The proposals have been made as part of a consultation on local council boundaries in Wales.

September

The Golden Princess Cruise Ship visited Holyhead.

October

High school governor and former town mayor Ann Kennedy called for a new school building to replace the existing ageing premises. The Celtic Gateway Bridge was officially opened by the Welsh Assembly Government Minister Andrew Davies AM, on Thursday 19th October 2006.

November

Official review of community boundaries was announced. The new £700k London Road Community Centre was officially opened. Plas Cybi Partnership was created following the merger of the Holyhead Town Ward and Maeshyfryd Community Partnerships.

December

Planed Plant S4C Christmas Grotto visited Holyhead. Holyhead Forward Board meeting took place. 

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2005 News Archive

February

An order is imposed to control alcohol drinking in public in parts of Holyhead.

An order is imposed to control alcohol drinking in public in parts of Holyhead.

March

Holyhead Forward Board meeting at Holyhead Town Hall. 

Steve Jones is appointed independent chair of the Board, with a term of 18 months.

Steve Jones

April

Land's End petrol station site is decommissioned as a precursor to the Victoria Road improvement scheme.

May

Nonn Roberts starts work as Holyhead Regeneration Officer, based with the County Council's Economic Development Unit.

June

Golden Princess cruise ship calls with 2,500 passengers, with two other visits over the summer. 

Golden Princess

Launch of Holyhead Land Train serice along the promenade. 

New tourist information boards sited around the town.

July

Welsh Assembly minister Andrew Davies AM approves and launches the £4M Holyhead Town Centre Regeneration Scheme. 

Opening of new Wilkinsons retail store at Penrhos.

August

Holyhead & Objective One Exhibition held in town centre.

September

Business support event held in town centre.

October

Holyhead Forward Board meeting held at Holyhead High School.

November

Enormous steel arches of the Celtic Gateway landmark bridge are positioned in place. Heritage Lottery Fund award a £1M "Stage One Pass" to the Holyhead Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI). 

Review of parking and pedestrianisation in the town centre starts.

Celtic Gateway

December 

Holyhead tops house price increase survey by estate agents. 

Irish Ferries staffing dispute disrupts sailings. 

Opening of new internet cafe Have we missed out something significant? Are the details wrong? Please let us know.

2004 News Archive

January

Start of works on the Celtic Gateway project.

Celtic Gateway project

February

Closure of the Hedstrom factory, with 60+ job losses.

March

Stena announces the setting up of a new call-centre at Holyhead, which will create 60 jobs.

First meeting of the Holyhead Forward Board, at Ucheldre Centre.

New CCTV cameras provided in town centre as part of Celtic Gateway scheme.

April

Establishment of a "youth curfew" in Market Square.

The weekly Monday market becomes a permanent arrangement.

Market Square

September

Opening of new Retail Park at Penrhos.

Retail Park

October

Second Holyhead Forward Board meeting, at Trearddur Bay.

St.Cybi "pilgrimage" re-established after a break of 600 years.

Opening of the new Netto store at Kingsland A55 Junction 1.

Opening of the new McDonalds store at A55 Junction 1.

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2003 News Archive

March

"Euro-friendly" business sticker initiative launched.

April

Pilot weekly street market scheme started (last held c 1850).

Pilot weekly street market

June

Launch of Holyhead Forward Strategy and Public Consultation.

Launch of Holyhead Forward Strategy and Public Consultation.

July

Opening of new £15M Terminal 5 ferry berth. Arrival of new Stena Adventurer superferry.

August

Holyhead Forward Regeneration Exhibition draws 2,000 people.

September

Launch of Holyhead & District Chamber of Commerce. Launch of "Dyna Ddigon" initiative for town centre.

November

Biggest bonfire in Wales, as gorse on Holyhead Mountain catches fire on November 5th.

December

Launch of new £2M RNLB Lifeboat. Planning applications for major new retail developments at Penrhos and A55 Junction 1. Have we missed out something significant? Are the details wrong? Please let us know.