- Posted by: Joyce Watson MS
- Category: Feature
Harlech residents this week met Assembly Member Joyce Watson to discuss the fate of the derelict St David’s Hotel.
At a meeting held at the Old Library and Institute on Monday (1 September) evening, members of local regeneration group Harlech a’r Cylch told Mrs Watson of their concerns over the dilapidated hotel which they describe as a “hazardous eyesore”.
Speaking after the meeting, the Labour Mid and West Wales AM said:
“St David’s Hotel is a prominent landmark. Unfortunately, it’s also a blemish in an otherwise spectacular setting. People are understandably frustrated by the ongoing delays and uncertainty over its future.
“Following our meeting, Harlech a’r Cylch agreed to approach the owner to invite him to clarify his plans. People are eager to secure a development deal, with all the benefits that would bring to the area including the potential to deliver training opportunities for young people.
Plans to redevelop the hotel and the adjoining former Coleg Harlech accommodation block were approved by planners six years ago but work has not yet started. Harlech a’r Cylch have called on Gwynedd Council to resolve the development impasse. The group has also lobbied the Welsh Government for support.
Earlier in the day Mrs Watson attended the opening of the new Pont Briwet railbridge. She boarded the first train for Pwllheli at Llandecwyn Station, where Dafydd Elis Thomas AM unveiled a commemorative plaque.
The £20million European Union funded bridge provides a vital link for communities between Harlech and Pwllheli. It replaces the 154-year-old bridge in Penrhyndeudraeth which was shut over safety concerns. A two-lane road and cycle path is due to open next year.
For more information about Joyce Watson’s work contact her office on 02920 898972 / www.joycewatson.co.uk