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The local area guide to living in Gaerwen

Gaerwen is one of the many villages on the Isle of Anglesey. Otherwise referred to as Llanfihangel Ysgeifiog, by the Office of National Statistics, the village is set to grow over the next few years.

In 2015 it was announced that a new science park, Menai Science Park, would be established in Gaerwen. Kick-started with a £10m EU funding boost, the park will focus predominantly on low carbon and renewable energy businesses, complementing Energy Island. The scheme will see around 100 people work on its construction and the aim is for 700 roles to be based in the park for the long-term.

Elsewhere in the village, there is a small selection of public houses, a fish and chip shop and other usual amenities, including a barbers. For more extensive amenities residents can head to the nearby town of Bangor.

The village is probably most famous for housing the southernmost station of the Anglesey Central Railway. While not in use anymore, it was a popular spot between 1864 and 1993.

Information about the local residents

The population of this community is similar to that of other villages in Anglesey. At the time of the 2011 census, the population was recorded at 1,551 residents, the majority of which were employed or self-employed.

A large percentage of the houses here are three bed detached properties, although all housing needs are catered for across the village.

While the majority of the population in the area are White English, other ethnic groups in Gaerwen include Mixed White/Black Caribbean, Mixed White/Black African, Mixed White/Asian, Indian and Chinese.

Nearby schools

The schools in the Gaerwen area are good, with a primary school sat in the village itself and secondary education easily accessible nearby. Ysgol Esceifiog is the local primary school and has received good ratings by Estyn. In its latest inspection in 2014 Estyn found all areas of the school and its curriculum to be ‘good’, marking both the school’s current performance and prospects for improvement at this level.

In October 2015 it was announced that the other school in the area, Ysgol Llangaffo, was to be closed and to be merged with three other schools to create a new £5m “super school.” This will sit on a new site in Newborough, just over five miles from Gaerwen in Anglesey.

The closest secondary school, Ysgol Gyfun Llangefni, is located nearby in Llangefni. Another option, on the way out from the island by Menai Bridge, is Ysgol David Hughes. This bilingual comprehensive school is large, with 1098 pupils, and caters right up to A Level.

Getting around

Getting around the village is easy, as it getting on and off the island itself, via Menai Bridge. The A5 runs through the village, and the A55 runs just a few hundred metres north.

There are a number of local bus services that run from Gaerwen and the nearest railway station isn’t far either, at Llanfairpwllgwyngyll. Llanfairpwll railway station sits on the North Wales Coast Line and is served by the train that runs from London Euston to Holyhead on Anglesey. Llanfairpwll railway station can be reached in 10 minutes by car, and is also accessible by public transport.

For travel further afield there’s Anglesey Airport too. Located to the south west of the island at RAF Valley, less than two miles from the A55 expressway, it offers flights daily.

Local shops

While there are limited shops in Gaerwen itself, you don’t have to travel far to get to the nearest supermarket. There’s an Asda and an Aldi in Llangefni, which sits just four miles away, and for all those everyday essentials a McColls store is available in Gaerwen itself.

When it comes to high street shopping you can find all your favourites in Bangor. The bustling town is just 15 minutes’ drive away and home to a huge selection of shops and amenities, which include a cinema, and selection of pubs and cafes.

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