Meeting arranged to discuss future of empty Caernarfon industrial site

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The future of one of north Wales’ largest abandoned industrial sites is back on the agenda this week as Arfon MP Hywel Williams and AM Siân Gwenllian prepare to meet with the owners of the former Ferodo and Dynamex factory in Caernarfon on Monday,  September 19.

Hywel Williams MP and Siân Gwenllian AM outside the empty Ferodo site in Caernarfon.
Hywel Williams MP and Siân Gwenllian AM outside the empty Ferodo site in Caernarfon.

The twenty seven acre site which has lain empty since 2008 is privately owned by Warwickshire-based property developers the St Francis Group.

The brownfield site has fallen into a state of significant disrepair and calls are now being made to develop the site as soon as possible with the aim of creating much-needed local jobs.

Hywel Williams MP said: “This unique site is ideally placed to attract a prestige development, with its unrivalled location on the banks of the Menai Straits coupled with its proximity to the A55 and the planned Caernarfon bypass.”

“It’s an insult to the workers and Unions who fought a long and heroic campaign for their working rights that this once thriving hub of economic activity now lies empty and in such a state of disrepair.”

“It’s vitally important that the site’s potential is tapped into as soon as possible; firstly so that prospective investors can see the huge benefits of investing in Caernarfon and the surrounding area and secondly, so that any current EU help can be sought before Brexit negotiations begin.”

“The site cannot be allowed to fall further into dilapidation, nor for that matter should it be acquired for cheap commercial purposes. We must take full advantage of the location, size and the local economic potential it offers.”

“Both myself and Siân Gwenllian will be seeking clarity as to what the owners have in mind for the site and will be making the strongest argument in favour of bringing highly-skilled jobs to the area.”

Siân Gwenllian AM said: “We have called this meeting in order to understand what the new owners intend to do with the site.”

“Ferodo is a prime location for new employment. It has lain empty, unkempt and neglected for far too long.”

“We will be making the case for developing the site as soon as possible, with the aim of creating jobs locally.”