Plaid Cymru Assembly Member for Arfon Siân Gwenllian has called on the Welsh Labour Government to prioritise attracting business and quality jobs to Parc Bryn Cegin, Bangor which has now lain empty for nearly twenty years.
Raising the issue with Welsh Government Minister for Economy Ken Skates, Siân Gwenllian AM said it was a ‘scandal’ that millions of pounds had been spent on preparatory infrastructure work but there was still nothing on the site in terms of work, jobs or businesses.
Parc Bryn Cegin was established by the Welsh Government nearly twenty years ago with the intention of providing hundreds of local jobs. Repeated calls have been made by Plaid Cymru and local people, concerned at the lack of progress at the site.
Siân Gwenllian AM said: “Millions of pounds were spent on infrastructure to support developments at Parc Bryn Cegin, and its position adjacent to the A55 is a big advantage. But fundamentally there is still nothing there in terms of work and jobs.
“With no firm proposals submitted and ambiguous answers from the Welsh Government, local people are rightly fed-up. What they and I want is to see businesses on the site, providing quality jobs for local people.
“Both Hywel Williams MP and I have been lobbying the Welsh Labour Government about this lack of progress to ascertain what support they’re providing to those expressing an interest in the site and what further steps they’re taking to bring much-needed investment to the area.
“The people of Bangor and Arfon have waited long enough for a straightforward answer from the Welsh Government as to what the future holds for the site. Bangor is a great city, but we need investment and we need jobs for our young people.
“The employment opportunities for local people if Parc Bryn Cegin’s potential was fully realised, would be a great boost for the city and the whole region and the site’s inclusion as a strategic hub in the north Wales growth scheme is of significant importance.
“I will continue to press the Welsh Government on this issue until progress is made with the site. We cannot let another ten years pass by without any jobs being created at Parc Bryn Cegin.”
The site was built in 2000 and despite several promises of development, it has remained empty. It was reported earlier this year that the developer appointed by the Welsh Government four years ago, Liberty Properties Developments Ltd, is in discussions with Gwynedd County Council and the Welsh Government about new plans for the site.
Last September, the former First Minister, Carwyn Jones AM, told the Assembly that “The development land at Parc Bryn Cegin is available for development and is being actively marketed via our commercial property agents, our property data base, as well as Gwynedd Council.”
Liberty have recently reported that it still has strong interest from one cinema operator and a number of restaurant operators as well, and it’s reviewing other leisure sector options to support the viability of the project.