Parc Cybi, Holyhead Border Control Post

Overview

This page provides an opportunity for interested individuals and organisations to view information about the Welsh Government’s proposals for the Parc Cybi Border Control Post.

The proposals see the site being used as a location to inspect goods such as animals, plants and products of animal origin entering Wales via the Port of Holyhead. These checks are the responsibility of the Welsh Government. The site would include parking areas for HGVs and other vehicles as well as security measures and facilities to enable the checking of vehicles and goods entering and exiting the site.

We are inviting you to comment on the proposals during the 21-day period of public consultation which will run from Wednesday 24 March 2021 until midnight on Tuesday 13 April 2021.

The views of individuals and organisations will be recorded in a stakeholder engagement report to inform and be taken account of in the planning process. If you would like to submit comments about the proposal, please complete this feedback form

Respond to the proposal online

If you would like to submit comments about the proposal, please complete this feedback form.

Community Updates

Updates for the community regarding the project and any anticipated construction details will be posted here.

Site location map

Border Control Post Location

The border control post would be located on land at Parc Cybi, Holyhead. The site lies to the south-east of the Roadking Truckstop off the existing service road used by a number of HGVs. The site provides convenient transport links with nearby access to/from the Port of Holyhead and the A55 linking with mainland Wales.

Site Information Materials

An information booklet containing additional information about the proposals was sent to residents on 24 March. This booklet can be downloaded here

A letter outlining Welsh Government’s plans for a Border Control Post was sent to residents on 24 March. This letter can be downloaded here


Background

The Welsh Government is progressing plans for the use of land it owns at Parc Cybi, known as Plot 9, Holyhead as a border control post. Part of the site has already been developed using a temporary permission under Permitted Development Rights to facilitate an emergency HGV stacking facility required as a result of the end of transition period.

At Holyhead inspections would be required on goods such as animals, plants and products of animal origin entering Wales from the Republic of Ireland. These checks are the responsibility of the Welsh Government. There is currently insufficient space within the port to process the future checks required. 

A functioning border control post is vital in supporting the long-term operation of the port.

The Welsh Government’s proposed use of the site would require approval, which it is seeking under the requirements of a Special Development Order (SDO) under section 59(3) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

The Welsh Government has reviewed the options for use of the site and based on current planning, expect to seek permanent use of the site under the SDO. The SDO application seeks a permanent consent for a border control post, setting out the development parameters of both the construction and operational stage of the facility. In the case that a border control post is no longer required at the site, any change of use or subsequent development of the site would require a Town and Country Planning Act application to the Local Planning Authority, Isle of Anglesey County Council.

Proposed site layout

Scheme details

  • On average, around 25-30 HGVs are expected at the site throughout every 24-hour period.
  • Employment opportunities would be created for local people.
  • Safe access would be provided for pedestrians and non-HGV vehicles at the site.
  • The Parc Cybi site is already allocated by the Local Planning Authority for commercial development.
  • The site would operate 24/7, with security marshals at the site at all times.
  • Approximately 75 employees expected at the site over a 24-hour period, including approximately 10 marshals required to safely manage vehicles and pedestrians within the facility.
  • Approximately 75 staff car parking spaces will be made available.
  • Separate inspection shelters would be provided for consumable and non-consumable produce, small animals, large animals and horses.
Indicative 3D Border Control Post

Operations

The border control post would consist of separate inspection facilities for plant produce, small animals, large animals and horses. Office buildings would be up to two stories tall and inspection buildings would be large enough to facilitate all HGV sizes.

Site staff would include fully trained security personnel and emergency response staff. Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) and Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras would be positioned across the site to monitor site activities. Secure perimeter fencing would also be installed.

After entering the site, HGVs would visit the Vehicle Entry Check Point before being directed to a vacant HGV space. From there, the HGVs would undertake customs and transit checks as required. During processing, HGV drivers must remain at the site unless instructed otherwise. Once the checks have been completed, the HGVs would leave the site to continue on their journey.

Covid-19 readiness

To limit risks from Covid-19, there would be hot and cold running water, hand cleaning facilities and provision of drinking water. The site has been designed taking social distancing into consideration, and the latest Welsh Government guidelines on Covid-19 would be followed in all circumstances.

Aerial view of current stacking facility

Traffic flow and access

Directing vehicles to the border control post

The site is located close to the Strategic Road Network and the Port of Holyhead and the site would be directly accessible from the A55. Signage would be in place to direct drivers to site from the Port. In the event of any closures of the A55, the A5 would be used to access the site.

Prominent road signage

There would be prominent bilingual road signage that directs HGV drivers to the border control post. There would also be signs outside the site entrance to advise hauliers about the use of site facilities and providing site contact details.

Entry and exit points at the facility

There would be one point of access and egress to the site. HGVs would be separated by the site design, whereby HGVs arriving would be directed into dedicated holding lanes and HGVs egressing would be directed out via the existing site egress.

Staff would access and egress the site via the existing site access / egress point but would be directed to a dedicated staff car park.

Measures would be implemented to discourage drivers from exiting the site and using the highway towards Trearddur Bay Country Park.

Access & vehicle movement plan

Environment and landscaping

As part of developing site-specific proposals for the border control post, environmental assessments continue to be carried out and relevant bodies, including Cadw, Natural Resources Wales and relevant officers within the Local Planning Authority, continue to be engaged about the environmental assessment and design of the site.

A landscape strategy would be developed at the site which would provide measures to minimise the potential for adverse environmental effects.

As part of the SDO process, an environmental report will be produced. This assessment will have consideration of air quality, cultural heritage, landscape and visual effects, biodiversity, road drainage and water, and noise. The report will also consider geology and soils, material assets and waste, population and health, climate, and cumulative effects. A Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) will also be produced.

Biodiversity

Potential scheme impacts on biodiversity are being assessed through a number of ecological studies. The ecological studies being undertaken include an analysis of any habitats on the site and assessment of the likelihood of protected species and important habitats. Where impacts to ecology are identified, appropriate mitigation would be implemented to minimise adverse effects on local biodiversity. In addition, biodiversity enhancements would be incorporated into the scheme.


Frequently asked questions

What is the role of the border control post?

The site would be used as a location to inspect goods arriving into the UK via the Port of Holyhead. The plans include parking areas for HGVs and other vehicles as well as security measures and facilities to enable the checking of vehicles entering and exiting the site. There would also be office buildings, staff and driver welfare amenities.

Why this location?

The site is close to the Port of Holyhead and is in close proximity to the A55, a key HGV route for accessing mainland Wales from Anglesey. Additionally, the Parc Cybi site is already designated for commercial development by Isle of Anglesey County Council.

Will the operation of the site impact local communities?

The site is not located immediately alongside residential properties. HGVs that access the site would also not pass by residential properties. The site manager would be contactable by local residents should there be any adverse impacts.

What is the capacity of the site?

The site can hold up to 40 HGVs if required at any one time. This includes holding lanes on site to keep traffic away from the local road network and approximately 14 HGV parking spaces. Additionally, there is segregated staff car parking.

The site would see customs checks undertaken for 25-30 HGVs over an average 24-hour period, with up to 40 at peak times.

How many staff are expected on site?

Approximately 75 employees expected at the site over a 24-hour period, including approximately 10 marshals required to safely manage vehicles and pedestrians within the facility.

What type of vehicles are expected to use the border control post?

The border control post would be used by HGVs, cars and vans, including staff vehicles.

Are refrigerated vehicles expected at the border control post?

Refrigerated vehicles would be checked at the border control post and be held at the site for as little time as possible.

Will goods within vehicles be inspected at the border control post?

There are examination facilities on site, and it is anticipated that some of the goods that are brought to the site would need a physical examination.

Will there be any hazardous materials brought on to the border control post?

A plan will be developed by the appointed operator which will explain how the site would be managed and operated safely, including in relation to any hazardous materials.

How will traffic be managed?

The number of HGVs that can be stationed at the border control post at any one time would be limited. The site would see customs checks undertaken for 25-30 HGVs over an average 24-hour period, with up to 40 at peak times. Traffic impacts on the local and Strategic Road Network are being assessed and managed in conjunction with local and national stakeholders.

When will construction work start?

Subject to receiving planning permission, required site works could begin in Summer 2021. More information about construction works would be communicated once the details are available.

Why is the consultation period 21 days?

There is no statutory requirement to consult before making a special development order (SDO). The Welsh Ministers have the power to do things which are conducive or incidental to their functions by virtue of the common law executive functions transferred to them via section 58A of the Government of Wales Act 2006.  This includes the power to carry out consultation. This consultation departs from the Welsh Government policy of allowing a 12 week period for consultation. A shorter period of 3 weeks or 21 days from 24 March 2021 until 13 April 2021 will form the consultation period in this case. The reasons for this departure are to allow for early engagement with stakeholders and take account of the requirements for checks as set out under the UK Border Operating Model.