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Caerwys truck stop application to go before Flintshire planners

A CONTROVERSIAL truck stop application has ‘reared its ugly head again’ say Caerwys residents.

The original application to build a truck stop on land off the B5122 in Caerwys, was withdrawn by applicant J D Owen in May, but resubmitted plans are likely to go to the county planning committee before the end of the year.

The fresh application would see a 24 hour facility built for 60 trucks with two truck washing facilities, toilets, showers, a shop and cafe.

The applicants maintain the site will provide security for drivers, who would otherwise have to park at the side of the road.

In the application, they say the site would serve the A55 and would provide a secure facility for drivers to rest and refuel.

Many Caerwys residents plan to fight the application on the grounds there are already truck stops nearby.

Berwyn Roberts, head of Stop the Truckstop Action Group (STAG 31), said: “We will be protesting against this application on the grounds there is already a truck stop in Queensferry, there is one off Junction 10 on the A55 and there is also planning permission for a truck stop to be built at Junction 31 off the A55.”

Residents are also complaining that the area is a green field site and a truck stop would be ‘an intrusion into the countryside’.

The new application has a new planning reference number which means work done previously by the protest group will have to be done again.

“We had a meeting this week once we knew the application had reared its ugly head again,” said Berwyn.

“We will be asking everyone who wrote to the council last time to do so again, and everyone who signed our petition last time to do so again.”

The application is likely to go to the planning committee on November 2 or December 7.

The Chronicle contacted J D Owen for a comment but no one was available at the time of going to press.