A FUNERAL director will “vigorously pursue” a controversial crematorium build bid despite opposition requests to withdraw it.
Edward Davies of JE Davies and Son wants to build Flintshire’s first crematorium on 23-acres of land near Northop.
The plans for the site, located at Starkey Farm on Starkey Lane, include a large main building, with a pavilion and surrounding gardens.
People living nearby have formed a campaign group to oppose the plan and are requesting Mr Davies abandons his scheme.
More than 100 people attended a heated and at times chaotic public meeting arranged by Northop’s community council to discuss the plans last month.
But despite the opposition JE Davies and Son told the Leader yesterday that the company was pressing ahead as planned with the bid.
A spokesman said: “The application will not be withdrawn and we are vigorously pursuing determination of it.”
At last month’s public meeting Mr Davies claimed the crematorium plan had the full support of the clergy.
But campaigners believe an upturn in traffic, should the build get the green light, would be detrimental to Northop. They also argue the proposal is contrary to Flintshire’s Unitary Development Plan.
No2NorthopCrem campaigner Steve Petter said: “We’ve written to him to request that he withdraws the application.
“This row has been blighting the lives of Northop residents for over 12 months now and we do not think it is reasonable for this state of affairs to continue.
“The campaign group was recently approached by Mr Davies to enter into discussions but felt that there was little common ground between us as he seems intent on pressing ahead with his proposal.”
But the spokesman acting on behalf of Mr Davies said his client was disappointed the action group declined the invitation to meet. He said such a meeting would be in an atmosphere “more conducive to open discussion” than that at the heated meeting arranged by the community council.
He also claimed that just five per cent of objectors hail from the Northop community, including Sychdyn.
Flintshire Council are set to discuss the application later this year.
Currently bereaved families from Flintshire have to travel to either Blacon Crematorium in Chester, Pentrebychan Crematorium in Wrexham or Colwyn Bay.
Mr Petter added that “a well-thought-out and coherent proposal” by Chichester-based company Memoria Ltd to build a crematorium in St Asaph would mean Flintshire residents could have the choice of four crematoria.