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Communities stand united in Rhydymwyn recycling plant battle

People protesting against recycling plant in Rhydymwyn

CAMPAIGNING residents and councillors from rural villages are making a stand about renewed plans to build a waste treatment plant on their doorstep.

Two months ago there was jubilation as Flintshire County Council refused planning permission for the former Wire Works site at Hendre Mine, Rhydymwyn, to be converted into a waste recycling centre.

Plans were refused on road safety grounds and because of the fact the site was not listed as suitable for such a facility.

Applicant John Williams has since appealed to the Welsh Assembly Government in a bid to overturn the county council’s decision.

But residents in Hendre and Rhydymwyn say the plant would make their lives a misery and the increase in traffic would make an already-busy road even more dangerous.

Andrea Davies, from Hendre, said: “The A541 is one of the most dangerous roads in Wales. Every time you go to cross the road you are taking your life into your hands.

“Nobody wants this in their back garden, but the truth is it really would not be suitable here. The sound of the vehicles would be huge and everything is going to go straight through Hendre and Rhydymwyn.”

Mr Williams has stated in his appeal: “The A541 is completely suitable to cater for the volumes of traffic which will be created by this proposal, with a limited impact, if any, on the highway network.”

Mr Williams also disputed the list of suitable alternative sites for waste management facilities, stating it was not an exhaustive one.

Cilcain Community Council considered fresh objections to the plan on Monday, in a meeting attended by several residents.

The council’s clerk Alun Evans is to send the list of objections to the Welsh Assembly Government’s planning inspectorate before the December 31 deadline.

The facility, if approved, could process up to 60,000 tonnes of metal and waste aggregates from quarries and building sites.

Earlier this year letters of objection were sent to the council and more than 100 people signed a petition against the initial proposals.

Planning officers recommended the application for approval, but councillors vetoed the plans in October.

Objections can be sent to the planning inspectorate, National Assembly for Wales, Crown Buildings, Cathay Park, Cardiff, CF10 3NQ, citing planning application reference number 047031 and appeal reference number 2140062.

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