Beautiful seaside village loved by Kate and William ruined by traffic gridlock

Travellers from afar flock to the romantic Llanddwyn beach known as Anglesey’s “love island” due to Its association with Saint Dwynwen – the patron saint of love. The beach is known to be close to the hearts of the Prince and Princess of Wales who famously had a home at nearby Bodorgan.

Although it is known by some as an island, it only appears this way because the tide separates it from the mainland – which it is still attached – at certain times of the year. 

Near Newborough Forest, Llanddwyn is renowned for its attractions, including the remnants of St Dwynwen’s church, a Celtic cross, a lighthouse, and breathtaking vistas stretching towards the Eryri mountains and Llŷn Peninsula.

Llanddwyn Beach, by Newborough Warren, also shot into the headlines recently as being a location for the filming of the House of the Dragon.

However, in recent meetings of Anglesey County Council, rising concerns have been raised regarding the growing traffic congestion caused by tourists passing through Newborough to reach the popular visitor hotspot. Locals and councillors have expressed that on certain occasions the village centre becomes “completely gridlocked.”

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At a recent council meeting in June, Bro Aberffraw councillor John Ifan Jones said: “Llanddwyn Beach has become so popular now to the point that the village is broken.” 

Speaking at a meeting of the Partnership and Regeneration Scrutiny Committee, he said locals faced problems just driving through the village at busy times. He also mentioned difficulties in emergency services and how covid measures saw a road closed and questions about how to deal with issues at Newborough. 

Head of regulation and economic development, Christian Branch, said he did not think the issues were “unique” and that other villages were affected by tourism. 

He said: “Long-term plans are needed to address these kinds of concerns.”

The issue at Newborough emerged again when Cllr Dylan Rees presented a report by the Partnership and Regeneration Scrutiny Committee at the July meeting of the Anglesey County Council’s executive. It came up during a discussion of the council’s Destination Management Plan 2023 -2028 – which described the council’s tourism strategy over the next five years.

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Once more, the matter concerning Newborough resurfaced when Cllr Dylan Rees delivered a report from the Partnership and Regeneration Scrutiny Committee during the July meeting of Anglesey County Council’s executive. The issue was raised in the context of discussing the council’s Destination Management Plan 2023-2028, outlining the tourism strategy for the upcoming five years.

Cllr Dylan said: “One of the matters which was raised by the committee members was the impact of gridlock which sometimes happens at Newborough. It is because of the flood of visitors coming to Llanddwyn Beach. 

 “Cllr John Ifan Jones, one of the councillors for Bro Aberffraw is especially concerned, and has highlighted a number of issues concerning traffic and congestion which have affected Newborough.” 

A local resident, who wished to remain anonymous, added: “The road around here becomes absolutely gridlocked, the traffic is very very bad at times. It can be a nightmare.”

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