The Welsh Assembley Government have announced their proposals for consultation for the MCZ's for Waleshttp://wales.gov.uk/consultations/envir ... s/?lang=en
This is staggering, the areas close to my heart in North Wales include some of the prime boating areas around the Llyn Pennisular. Areas 5 & 6 are of particular concern. The proposal is to create a zone around Bardsey Island - one if the best fishing and diving areas in the UK. Also a signficant area between Pwllheli, Llanbedrog down to st. Tudwals Islands and Carreg y Trai rocks, plus another round the mouth of the Dwyfor near Criccieth.
The area will prohibit all anchoring, diving, fishing (commercial and recreational) in these areas and in effect kill the marine trade on the Llyn in one fell swoop. Most boats in the area are based out of Pwllheli - either park and launch or in the marina. To have your main cruising ground made inaccesible to you will destroy the boating community - commerccial and recreational in an area that relies heavily on tourism. The boating trade is one of the main incomes in the area, with many tourists keeping boats there, plus having either holiday homes, caravans etc or staying in local hire accommodation. Spending cash in the local economy and putting some life inot the towns. Take away the boating and you take away a significant part of the local economy.
The consultation is open now until July and I would urge everyone to at least have a look and see what you think about it, it would be great if you could lodge your objections if you feel so inclined.
Sorry to have a rant on a Saturday morning, but I was incensed when I saw this proposal, they have taken no notice whatsovever of the impact this will have on boaters or more significantly the local economy. Its hard enough for people at the moment with the rising cost of fuel to afford to get to North Wales to go boating, let alone the increased cost of fuel for the boat. The local authorities have made it progresively harder to actually get there in the first place as well, despite having the A55 dual carriageway from Chester to Bangor, they have extended and lowered all the speed limits after that to ridiculously low levels for mile after mile of open countryside (now 30mph and 40mph) when it should be the usual rural 60mph limit. The total travel time to get there now is the same as it was 25 years ago! so a great fast road then painfully slow single carriageways afterwards. These people have no idea that a lot of tourists are now thinking of selling up and moving somewhere else, its getting to expensive and difficult now, take the boating away as well and what are you left with, an exodous.
sorry to rant, but this has really annoyed me