A COMMUNITY at the centre of a controversial crematorium bid is waiting for another opportunity for its voice to be heard.
People in Northop gathered en masse to hit out at the planning application submitted to Flintshire Council by funeral directors JE Davies and Son for a 23-acre site at Starkey Farm on Starkey Lane.
However, the meeting itself also came under fire from those attending after Northop Community Council underestimated the number of people who would turn up to hear their views expressed.
Councillors resolved to hold another meeting after room changes forced the time of the meeting to be cut to just 30 minutes after more than 100 people attempted to cram into a room designed for fewer than half that number.
Cllr Tony Sharps said: “The meeting was badly organised and we’re hoping it will be better organised next time around.
“The chance will be offered for people, including the applicant, to have another say if they so wish.
“We have seen the feeling of people over this application but there are not enough details as yet for the community council to hold its own vote.
“I want a crematorium for Flintshire and the overwhelming feeling is that Flintshire should have one but where it should go is the million dollar question.”
Edward Davies of JE Davies and Son told people attending the meeting at the Edith Bankes Memorial Hall that he had considered several sites in the area before submitting his application.
Protester Steve Petter of the No2Northopcrem campaign group said: “We are trying to find out when the community council will facilitate another meeting.
“We’re not against a crematorium in principle but we do not believe the proposed site is the right location for one.
“It lies within a green barrier and would override development policies.
“Having another meeting gives the applicant a chance to regroup but we are pleased the council recognises the strength of feeling over this issue and has allowed us to have another say as well.”
The application is likely to be discussed at Flintshire Council level towards the end of the year.