“I remember playing with the other kids on my street and spending endless afternoons on the beach. Life was good, and then we were told we had six months to leave our home.” Mared Edwards was eight years old when it was first announced that Hitachi was embarking on a £16 billion plan to build Wylfa Newydd, a new nuclear power plant near Cemaes on Anglesey. Now a student at Aberystwyth University, she recalls going to meetings with her parents to discuss the plans for the new site, which promised thousands of jobs on the island. In September of this year, the developers behind the project confirmed that their plans for the plant had been scrapped. In what many considered a devastating blow, Horizon Nuclear Power said it would be ceasing its activities to develop a project at Wylfa Newydd following a decision by Hitachi, the Japanese company which owns Horizon, to pull out of the scheme. The news has angered Mared, who said the area where she once lived is now “almost like Capel Celyn”, the Gwynedd village in the Tryweryn Valley which was flooded in 1965 to create a reservoir. “I don’t think anyone realised the amount we had to give up in order for this to happen, not even the people from the rest of the island. There’s no community left here now.
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