A FURIOUS row has erupted between operators of a campsite and airfield over emergency access – amid claims that the holiday venue and the jobs of its staff are at risk.
The directors of Shell Island campsite have launched a petition, which currently has approximately 8,000 signatures, calling for emergency services to have full access to the campsite at high tide via Llanbedr airfield, which belongs to Snowdonia Aerospace LLP.
Previously, emergency services would traverse the former Llanbedr airfield to access the campsite if the usual access road to Shell Island was cut off by the high tide.
However, as plans to build the UK’s first spaceport progress, the Civil Aviation Authority has informed Snowdonia Aerospace LLP that, in order for the airfield to be properly licensed, there could be no “unauthorised and uncontrolled airside access for all third parties”, a clause which would include emergency services.
A spokesperson for Snowdonia Aerospace LLP was also keen to stress that “at no stage over the past 50 years have the emergency services had guaranteed 24-hour access across Llanbedr airfield to service Shell Island”.
Any claims to the contrary have been dismissed by them as “false and inaccurate”.
Shell Island director Richard Workman said: “We do not believe that the course of action chosen by Snowdonia Aerospace LLP is fair or necessary, but it is clear to us that it is associated with the company’s ambitions to develop the site as a spaceport."
A spokesperson for Snowdonia Aerospace LLP said: “The airfield was and continues to be a dedicated Testing and Trials Establishment and Operational Airfield. Consequently how could an unfettered, uncontrolled and guaranteed third-party access be provided – within such an environment this would be impossible and only endanger the safety and the security of the airfield and its users."
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