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War of words is hotting up in Northop Crem battle

Published date: 09 January 2014 |
Published by: Robert Doman 
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THE man behind a controversial crematorium proposal believes he has now proven its need to Flintshire Council.

But opposition campaigners say they are still resolved to fight it all the way.

Funeral director Edward Davies, of J E Davies and Son, was asked to outline the need for his planned 10-acre crematorium on land at Northop, which would be Flintshire's only crematorium.

Villagers fear the development would affect local house prices and cause traffic congestion in the village.

But support for Mr Davies plans has been gaining momentum after more than 2,000 people signed up to a ‘Say Yes’ Facebook page.

Planning officers are expected to make a decision on the application early this year and Mr Davies said he thought his application was well placed for approval.

“Everything the council wanted from us has now been delivered,” he said.

“We were asked to prove there’s a need for a crematorium in Flintshire and that the development would be in the correct location.

“I believe it is and I believe we have done enough for the council to base its decision.

“Fintshire Council have external consultants looking into it so hopefully things can begin to move forward over a decision.”

Currently bereaved families in Flintshire have to travel to either Blacon Crematorium in  Chester, Pentrebychan Crematorium in Wrexham or Colwyn Bay.

Mr Davies revealed the Chester crematorium at Blacon is now booked up until January 21 and added: “It’is causing problems at the moment and delays for grieving families.”

The crematorium is planned for land off Starkey Lane in Northop.

Northop community councillors opted not to support the application in November after they acknowledged the ‘weight of public opposition’ to the proposal.

Cllr Rob Mackey said: “I think that we, as a community council, owe it to people to oppose this.”

A 'no2northopcrem' campaign group has been set up to fight the plans and campaigners have said they will pursue their stance until the final determination.

Member Martin Donaldson said: “We’re going to fight this all the way – make no mistake.

“The community council voted unanimously against this.

“There are plenty of other places in Flintshire on Brownfield sites that would be more suitable.

“There’s a long way to go but if this was such a great idea, it would have been resolved by now.”

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  1. Posted by: wonderwho at 10:18 on 09 January 2014 Report

    The no2northopcrem group have shot themselves in the foot by saying there are plenty other sites in Flintshire but not in our back yard, this is costing the tax payer an arm and a leg external consultants have now been brought in at what cost, Flintshire officers and councilors have got no guts to make a balanced decision based of planning facts, Flintshire needs this and the location is in a perfect place !!!

  2. Posted by: BioBrain at 11:58 on 09 January 2014 Report

    The point of all this is being missed somewhat, the Facebook group is called 'Say YES To flintshire crematorium' which most people agree to. The point of the opposition is saying no to the crematorium being located in Northop. A crematorium is more or less a commercial installation and so should be located in area that is suitably akin to this, there are plenty of brown field sites in Flintshire that have great access and are outside of the UDP.

  3. Posted by: BioBrain at 12:04 on 09 January 2014 Report

    The point of all this is being missed somewhat, the Facebook group is called 'Say YES To flintshire crematorium' which most people agree to. The point of the opposition is saying no to the crematorium being located in Northop. A crematorium is more or less a commercial installation and so should be located in area that is suitably akin to this, there are plenty of brown field sites in Flintshire that have great access and are outside of the UDP.

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