Local Councillors thanks community for support to festival goers

08/09/2016

Gwynedd Councillors, Gareth Thomas and Selwyn Griffiths have praised the communities of Penrhyndeudraeth, Porthmadog and the surrounding area for supporting visitors stranded following the problems that arose at Festival No.6 Portmeirion event over the weekend.

“I am truly in awe at the local community and the surrounding area during the past few days,” explains Gareth Thomas, Penrhyndeudraeth Councillor who was at the scene on Monday. “Local people acted swiftly to assist visitors to the event who were unable to leave the site due to the flooded car parks.”

“Within 45 minutes of emergency planning action measures being activated by Gwynedd Council to support the festival organisers, staff at Glaslyn Leisure Centre had opened their doors to assist visitors. A dry location was available, with bedding, and support by the local Tesco supermarket saw food and drink supplied to those people left unable to leave the Festival site.”

Councillor Selwyn Griffiths who represents Porthmadog residents on Gwynedd Council said: “Local farmers and contractors arrived on site with tractors and four by four vehicles to begin the process of extracting vehicles off site in what was extremely difficult circumstances due to the heavy rain and high tide seen during the weekend.

“People worked together to support the festival organisers to ensure people and children were in a safe environment, warm, dry and fed. Thanks in particular goes to the Red Cross volunteers who travelled to the area to assist and I cannot praise Council staff, local people and the wider community of Penrhyn, Port and Gwynedd highly enough for pulling as one.”

“During my time on site on Monday, Festival attendees were extremely grateful for the kind hearted generosity of local people who offered a helping hand to them during the difficulties over the weekend,” Councillor Griffiths explained.

Both Councillors agreed: “Yes, no doubt, lessons will need to be learnt, discussions had and other measures put in place for the future. But for now, we would like to pay tribute to the local community for their support and kind-hearted actions towards fellow people, during the adverse weather conditions experienced at the event.”