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Gwynedd aires expected to be operational by spring 2023

Gwynedd Council has secured funding for six French style ‘aires’ that will be located within walking distance of town centres across the county.

The Gwynedd campervan and motorhome stopovers will provide a network of locations with basic facilities.

It’s thought the investment will encourage tourism spending in local shops, pubs and restaurants.

Dafydd Williams, head of environment for Gwynedd Council, said: “Gwynedd Council has undertaken significant research into motorhomes in the county and has listened to the views of communities, motorhome owners and camp site operators in order to understand illegal or inappropriate overnight stays within the county.

“Through the Brilliant Basics funded project we will pilot a network of up to six ‘Aros-fan’ sites across Gwynedd which will provide appropriate over-night provision for motorhomes and campervans with their own on board facilities.”

Sioned Williams, head of economy and community for Gwynedd Council, said: “In order to support the local economy, all six sites will be located within walking distance to key towns and destinations, will have basic services and will operate a strict 48 hour maximum stay.

“Although these facilities will not be operational this summer, we hope that all relevant infrastructure will be in place by Spring 2023.

If the pilot proves successful – the council may consider the development of further Aros-fan facilities in the county in the future.”

Economy Minister, Vaughan Gething, said: “We’re very aware of the important part that local tourism amenities have on someone’s overall experience when on a day trip or on holiday.

“These facilities often go unnoticed, but they are an important part of people’s experiences when they visit Wales, while also benefit those who live in the area.

“The £2.9m in new funding I’m announcing today will go to projects which will help us make our destinations more accessible and more sustainable, and to grow tourism for the good of Wales.”

The first aires are expected to be operational by the spring of 2023.

Last year the Campaign for Real Aires (CAMpRA) called for them to be rolled out in the UK.

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