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Cyngor Sir Ynys Môn - Isle of Anglesey County Council

Anglesey Freeport bid


Register your support

As the council, we are asking you to get behind the bid and show your backing for this once in a lifetime opportunity for the region by registering your support.

Register support for the Anglesey Freeport

Background

Securing Freeport status can deliver real, transformational change for communities across Anglesey and the wider North Wales region.

The Anglesey Freeport bid has been submitted to both the UK and Welsh governments.

Jointly developed by the Isle of Anglesey County Council and Stena Line - owners of Holyhead Port and major local employer for 27 years - it has the potential to boost the local, regional and national economy at an uncertain time.

Freeports remove barriers to trade and provide easements that simplify how businesses can operate. According to initial modelling estimates, the freeport would attract £1bn of much-needed investment, including new, high-salary jobs, in the range of 3,500 to 13,000 across the region.

The county council has asked both governments for their backing, in its own letter of support for the ambitious bid.

Freeport status would also provide a significant boost for the county council’s Energy Island Programme - which aims as a hub for low carbon energy research and development, innovation production and servicing - and support the council’s ambitious target of achieving net zero by 2030.

Anglesey has suffered from stagnant growth and job losses for a number of years, with hundreds of well paid, previously secure jobs being lost across many sectors.

Freeport status could help arrest this decline of our communities, ensuring that young people, in particular, would not have to leave their communities to look for work; and enhance and strengthen the Welsh language and culture here on the island. 

The Freeport bid has the backing of 17 major businesses from a range of sectors and industries, including Rolls Royce, Bechtel and Last Energy, along with major educational partners such as Bangor University. It is hoped it would also lead to the establishment of a secure customs zone at Holyhead and other sites on Anglesey, with special tax and tariff arrangements designed to attract major domestic and international investment.