The UK government has submitted the first phase of its planning bid to convert the former Holyhead roadhouse into a Brexit customs facility.

Following a high-profile search for a suitable site, it was announced in July that HMRC had finalized the purchase of the Roadking unit at Parc Cybi.

Having only opened in 2015 due to the lack of suitable stopping facilities on the island, the site on the outskirts of the port city provided eating, sleeping and showering facilities for truckers.

Previous proposals for a customs facility at the Anglesey Show park and ride in Mona were rejected by the island council last year, over concerns over the hijacking of hundreds of trucks from the A55 and through villages such as Gwalchmai.

But after finally taking over Roadking over the summer, the UK government department has now submitted a selection notice request to convert the 84,000 square meter site into a permanent border facility.

The first phase application will now be reviewed by Anglesey Council prior to a full planning offer, with considerations including whether an environmental impact assessment is required.

Made necessary due to the exit from the European Union and the single market, these internal border facilities (IBF) provide a physical control point to carry out documentary and physical inspection checks on goods imported and exported to the EU. , where existing ports do not have the capacity.

Plans of the Cybi Park customs site, Holyhead

Using the existing layout and buildings, HMRC plans to offer parking for heavy goods vehicles as well as security measures and facilities to allow the control of vehicles and goods entering and leaving the site, as well as security facilities. well-being of staff.

Operating 24/7, the facility is expected to handle up to 350 heavy goods vehicles over a 24 hour period.

But while concerns have been expressed over the loss of 24 jobs and facilities previously offered to Roadking, HMRC expects the development to create 390 temporary jobs during construction and 175 other permanent positions.

The request states that “the jobs created would be open to all, but HMRC would seek to encourage employment for people residing in the area.

“It is reasonable to expect, however, that a number of available positions will be filled by employees from further afield.”

The proposals themselves would see the existing two-story truck stop building become the IBF’s main office, with a one-story extension housing additional offices, administrative and staff welfare spaces.

Ferries docked at Holyhead Harbor
Ferries docked at Holyhead Harbor

With a total of nine entry / exit stations to be provided, the supporting documents indicate that “the proposed use is not of a significantly different nature from the recent use of RoadKing Truck Stop.

“This included the large-scale outdoor parking of heavy goods vehicles and their associated movements, as well as the provision of a large building to provide wellness facilities.

“Further planning permissions have been granted on the site for the extensions of the Road King Truck Stop and although they have never been implemented, there is a clear precedent for further development of the nature proposed on the site. the site.

“Site development would represent an efficient reuse of previously developed land in a highly sustainable location.

“The proposal will bring significant economic benefits through the creation of short- and long-term jobs and foreign investment in the immediate vicinity of the nationally and internationally important cargo port of Holyhead.

Anglesey Council will review the prequalification notice request and provide comments ahead of a full planning application expected later this year.

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