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05 November 2019 04:44

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Closure of Anglesey plastics factory confirmed in 'bitter blow' to 100-strong workforce

A plastics factory has confirmed it will close by the end of the year with the loss of 100 jobs in another blow to Anglesey. Bosses of the global firm REHAU Group have said its manufacturing facility in Amlwch is to shut. In January, North Wales Live reported that the company had signalled the factory was in danger of closing. Efforts were made to secure the future of the plant, including a change in shift patterns to improve productivity and investment in new machinery. At the time, company chiefs said the market for PVC Edgeband, the facility's primary manufacturing focus, had gone into significant decline.

Today, a spokespmen for REHAU said: " Our group executive board has today made the difficult decision to confirm that the proposed closure of our Amlwch production facility will go ahead by the end of this year. "Careful consideration at board level of the proposed alternatives put forward by employees concluded that, regrettably, they would not be sufficient to secure the long-term future of the facility. "Our attentions now turn to supporting our staff through this challenging period." The factory has operated in Amlwch for more than 40 years. The bad news comes just months after Hitachi announced it had put plans to build Wylfa Newydd on hold. That will see 200 workers on Anglesey lose their jobs as well as hitting the multi-billion-pound investment plan that could have created 10,000 roles.

Responding to the confirmation from REHAU, Cllr Owain Jones, who represents the Twrcelyn ward on Anglesey county council, said: "That's very bad news not only for the people of Amlwch but also for North Anlgesey. "This is on top of what has happened with Wylfa Newydd. It is sad news and now we must focus on trying to find alternatives for the people affected. "There was a delegation that went down to London to have talks but, unfortunately, it seems they haven't come to fruition." Ynys Môn AM Rhun ap Iorwerth said: " This is terrible news. "I know the company had been presented with a number of options for continuing manufacturing in Amlwch, including ideas put forward by the committed staff.

I'd met company executives to try to make the case for protecting jobs. We now have to ensure that everything possible is done to support the workers into new employment." Albert Owen, the island's MP, said: "The UK side of the company was supportive of proposals regarding the site, but ultimately it was the greater executive board that has taken the decision, which is very disappointing. Image copyright PA Image caption Lollipop services will be scrapped on the island from the end of July The final eight lollipop crossing patrols on Anglesey are being scrapped in the summer in a bid to cut council spending. Patrols on the island have been gradually reduced over the past eight years and the council said remaining schools did not meet criteria. The patrols will cease at the end of the summer term in July, saving the local authority £58,000 a year.

Anglesey council said the services were "not mandatory". It assesses whether an area needs a crossing patrol based on the number of pedestrians and the amount of traffic at a site. It added no schools met the need for a crossing, with the exception of Ysgol Kingsland in Holyhead, where it is "investigating the possibility of a zebra crossing". Glyn Hayes, councillor for Holyhead ward, said: "It's a last resort when you cut a service like that, one which primarily safeguards the lives of youngsters. "It's not a large amount of money - a drop in the ocean, really - but I understand the pressure on the authority because it has to protect frontline services.

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"Risk assessments are based on hypotheses and can't mitigate against any incident that might occur. It's a sign of the times we live in." BE fantastic - ditch the plastic is the cry from an Anglesey town aiming to be plastic free. Residents and businesses in Beaumaris are making efforts to save their town and island from plastic pollution. The accumulation of waste plastic such as fizzy drink bottles can adversely affect the environment and wildlife. Now, an environmental group Beaumaris Di-blastig - Plastic free Beamaris is hoping to encourage people to reduce single-use plastic waste. Already, many local businesses have taken up the challenge. Some cafes in the town already supply drink refill facilities and plastic alternatives. Neptune chip shop, owner Matthew Hogan, has started to phase out plastic chip trays in favour of ones made from sugar-cane, wooden knives and forks, and non-plastic sauce pots. "There are some amazing alternative products out there, though they can be expensive for small businesses, but it is important that we all get onboard to reduce plastic use," he said. "We are gradually phasing out our old plastic stock for non-plastic alternatives. Businesses and people in Beaumaris are taking the plastic issue seriously, but there's more to be done. "There is still a litter issue, there needs to be more bins with recycling options for the public, as general waste, where a lot of our packaging ends up, is not recycled." Gwen Evans Jones, a former mayor of Beaumaris, is the chairman of the Beaumaris Di-blastig - Plastic-free group, which meets once a month at the the town's Canolfan (Beaumaris Leisure Centre). The group also has a presence on Facebook. Gwen said: "We set up the group about nine months ago with the idea to encourage Beaumaris to be plastic free, to campaign and to come up with ideas. We are doing it to help people understand the problem but also to make the future brighter for generations to come. "We are only a small town, on a little island, but every little bit we do will help to improve the situation and we are aiming to work towards plastic free status. The group is organising a competition, in conjunction with Arloesi Mon/Menter Mon, Anglesey County Council and volunteers, to get five businesses in Beaumaris to commit to being completely plastic free. "Gwen said: "We will follow the journey these businesses take." To take part see: Beaumaris Di-blastig-Plasticfree and Friends of Beaumaris on Facebook. Anglesey has become the first county in the UK to be awarded 'plastic-free' status by a marine conservation group. Surfers Against Sewage said it recognised work to reduce the impact of single-use plastic on the environment. It has seen businesses encouraged to ditch disposable coffee cups and bottles, and schools pledging to cut plastic waste. The award follows an 18-month campaign led by local activist Sian Sykes to highlight to issue of disposable plastic waste. Sykes said: "I am incredibly proud of the Anglesey community who have supported the single use plastic free movement, we are making a difference and I am excited to see what else we can do on the island." To achieve the Surfers Against Sewage recognition, the island had to implement a plan to cut plastic use, including establishing a community-led group to spread the message. It saw the group reach out to shops, restaurants, cafes, offices and schools, asking them to switch to sustainable plastic products. Via BBC News Image copyright Google Image caption The former military base has been hosting motor sports events since 1992 Plans to expand a motor racing circuit could boost the Anglesey economy by £2m a year, its operators have claimed. A bid for improvements to Trac Mon near Aberffraw said it would help stage more and bigger events and attract an extra 40,000 visitors a year. Proposed works include a track redesign and an extension of the paddock, garages, hospitality suite and cafe. Circuit bosses said they need to offer better facilities than competitors in view of its "peripheral" location. Trac Mon had its origins in the late 1980s, when a farmer sought permission to test his rally car on the site of the former Ty Croes military base, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service. It hosted its first motorcycle race in 1992, was fully licensed in 1997 for both car and motorcycle races and now also hosts a racing school. Expansion would help the circuit "compete and compare favourably" with other motor racing circuits in the UK and internationally, its operators said in a planning application to Anglesey council. "The location of the circuit, whilst it has extraordinary advantages in terms of the setting and atmosphere, is peripheral to the rest of the UK," they added. "Nearly all customers will have to make a longer journey to Anglesey than they would to competitor circuits such as Oulton Park in Cheshire. "Trac Mon therefore needs to offer better facilities and core offer than its competition." Anglesey County Council is expected to consider the application in the coming months. If approved, it is the work could be completed in time for the 2021 racing season.