North West Wales

Wylfa Newydd: Anglesey council's 'serious concerns'

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Media captionAnglesey council leader Ieuan Williams has called for the operational workforce to be "100% local"

Anglesey council has said it has "serious concerns" about "significant weaknesses" in plans for a nuclear plant on the island.

It wants Horizon Nuclear Power, the company behind Wylfa Newydd, to guarantee "as close as possible to 100%" of jobs will go to local people.

Council leader Ieuan Williams said the authority's support "cannot be taken for granted".

Horizon said it welcomed feedback from the local community.

The latest consultation on the nuclear power station finishes on Tuesday.

Horizon estimates that, of the 8,000 and 11,000 workers expected to be employed during the construction phase, a quarter will be within a 90-minutes commute of the plant.

The company said about 45% of operational staff will come from north Wales and Anglesey.

Mr Williams said he wanted to see "much more local employment than the 25% estimated".

The authority also claimed local businesses "must be in a position" to compete for contracts, while the impact on tourism has not been given enough consideration.

Its chief executive, Dr Gwynne Jones, insisted the Welsh language should not be "looked at in isolation" but treated as the "golden thread" throughout the whole project.

He added: "We believe that this formal response provides Horizon Nuclear Power with the mitigation measures needed to overcome many of those impacts we currently see as significant weaknesses in the project."

"I want to see Horizon committed to long-term careers for people in Anglesey and wider North Wales, with firm plans to deliver that."

Horizon estimates Wylfa Newydd, near Cemaes, will take about nine years to build and will have an operational life of 60 years.

The final price tag will be about £12bn.

A Horizon spokesman said: "We welcome feedback from the local community, as it helps us shape our final decision.

"We would like to remind people to submit their feedback by midnight tonight."

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