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New Anglesey power station 'way forward'

Inside the Wylfa power station
Many residents were in favour of a replacement nuclear plant

The announcement that a new Wylfa B power station is a step nearer was welcomed by many residents and businesses.

One businessman said the area was less "touristy" than the other side of the island and jobs are desperately needed.

David Boardman and Victor Nikitenko, run the Douglas Inn at Tregele, the village closest to the current Wylfa nuclear plant, due to shut this year.

Mr Boardman said a Wylfa B was "the only way forward".

"I see it as a 'green' energy in that it is clean, apart from finding a way to deal with the waste," he said.

"I'm a member of the tourist association on the island too and I think the visitor centre at Wylfa attracts people here - it's a good experience to visit it, and we get people coming into our pub afterwards," he added.

Matthew Richards asked local science pupils whether they would be interested in a job at the new Wylfa plant, if it was built.

He said many businesses in the area had been forced to close in recent years because of poor trade, and an influx of people would be a boost.

"If I don't get the power station then I'm in danger of folding as well, " he added.

Mr Boardman said his pub would not be in existence if it was not for Wylfa.

"My only issue with a Wylfa B is that jobs should go to locals if possible," he said.

"The only minus I can see is that they have bought a lot houses around here whilst buying land to build a new station, and I've lost my winter trade as a result," he added.

The nearest big village is Cemaes, which boasts a vibrant main shopping street.

Ricky Hughes, who runs the Siop Fferm fruit and vegetable shop, remembers the current power station being built.

Elfed Jones
Another station would be a boost to the area, and bring much needed money in
Elfed Hughes, chairman of community council and local businessman

"I used to go there to the camp they built to house the construction workers as my father sold clothing," he said.

"There were hundreds of people in the camp, it was like a little village.

"Another station would be a boost to the area, and bring much needed money in," he added.

Elfed Jones, is the chairman of Llanbadric community council and runs Oriel Cemaes framing shop in Cemaes.

He said he worked as a barber to the workers during construction of the first Wylfa.

"I'm 100% behind this as this part of the island needs a boost," he said.

"The other side, near Beaumaris get the tourists for a longer season than here, but we're lucky if we get two to three months.

"My father used to say 'You can't live on a view' and that's true here, we need jobs," he said.

However, campaign group People Against Wylfa B (Pawb) plans a demonstration against nuclear power and the plans for a new Wylfa station at Menai Bridge on Wednesday morning.

A spokesman said: "The problems associated with nuclear power are far too numerous and serious for any government to decide to give substantial financial assistance to the large".

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