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Calls for Deeside politicians to support Flintshire County Council in Aston landfill row

CAMPAIGNERS are calling for politicians to back Flintshire County Council in its fight with developers over a landfill site in Deeside.

Aston Hill resident John Butler has written to Alyn and Deeside MP Mark Tami and AM Carl Sargeant asking them to support the council at a public inquiry.

D Morgan Plc has appealed against enforcement notices issued by the authority for allegedly doing building work and extending a landfill site in Aston without permission.

An planning inspector will rule on the work carried out at Sea View Farm at a hearing in Ewloe Social Club in July.

Mr Butler will speak in support of the council at the inquiry and his neighbours Brian and Eve Miller are also backing the authority.

A report written by the council’s head of planning, Andrew Farrow, said the alleged breaches took place between 2003-2007.

It added the alleged breaches ‘will cause permanent harm to the character of this part of the open countryside and will cause a loss of visual amenity to visitors and residents...and is detrimental to the landscape’.

Mr Butler and his fellow campaigners also suggest the landfill sites could pose additional health threats.

He said: “In this case I have to support the view of the head of planning that the conditions and limitations of any past planning consents are rational, in the public interest and must be carefully adhered to – notŠ just in principal and good faith but in absolute terms.

“The council is well aware of its duty of care to our communities, especially in large scale infrastructure projects such as this which have the long-term potential to disrupt and seriously imperil the heath and well-being of unsuspecting communities.”

Mr Butler has asked Mr Tami and Mr Sargeant to write to the planning inspector, and said he would be ‘delighted’ if they pledged their support at the inquiry.

Ten years ago a public inquiry ruled in favour of D Morgan after the council alleged unauthorised development at Sea View Farm.

Nobody from D Morgan was available for comment.

To make your views known to the planning inspector write, by April 20, to: Meical Crahart, The Planning Inspectorate Wales, Crown Buildings, Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3NQ or email [email protected].

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