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Maintenance needed on Rhydymwyn Valley Works building

HISTORIC buildings at a former munitions factory are falling into disrepair, say members of a society which wants urgent action to save the site.

Colin Barber, secretary of Rhydymwyn Valley History Society, said four of the buildings at Rhydymwyn Valley Works, where early research into the atomic bomb was carried out, became Grade II listed in 2008.

Since they became listed the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), which owns the site, has been unable to carry out maintenance work without an agreement from Flintshire County Council.

Mr Barber said: “We have still not had the agreement from the council so maintenance work can’t be carried out.

“The main thing that needs to be done is just for the gutters to be cleared because water is coming back into the buildings and running down the walls.

“If we don’t get things done quickly it will be spring and work won’t be able to be carried out because of the wildlife so we’ll have to wait another year by which time things will have got even worse.”

The site was used as a munitions factory, making mustard bombs and smoke grenades from 1940 to 1945, but is now a nature reserve.

Mr Barber said: “These sites are of international historic importance.”

A spokesman for Flintshire County Council said: “The council is grateful to the Rhydymwyn Valley History Society for its diligent monitoring of this important site.

“A site investigation will be carried out by the council to assess the conservation and ecological status of the site including key listed buildings.

“This will also involve Defra which is the body responsible for the maintenance of the site and its structures.”

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