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Gwernymynydd quarry fill plans may go ahead despite concerns

Published date: 09 January 2014 |
Published by: Owen Evans 
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CONTROVERSIAL plans to fill a quarry which have been met with opposition from residents are being recommended for approval.

The application, submitted by Ash Resource Management, proposes to fill Cambrian Quarry on Glyndwr Road, Gwernymynydd, by importing and recycling inert materials.

It is proposed the site would then be used for agriculture and nature conservation.

The plans have caused concern among residents living close to the site, with more than 40 meeting in December to discuss worries over dust and traffic movements surrounding the application.

The company wants to carry out recycling processes on the site but villagers say the proposed works could create noise and dust issues and an increase in traffic movement on the A494 Glyndwr Road junction.

In a report, to be discussed by Flintshire Council’s planning committee on Wednesday, Gwernymynydd councillor Nancy Matthews raised several concerns about the plans.

She expressed concern the nature of the A494 Glyndwr Road junction would cause queues of HGVs to build up because of its capacity, leading to safety concerns for other motorists and pedestrians.

She added: “The proposed recycling operations are unacceptable in this rural location due to the noise and dust that would be generated and there is no need to locate the recycling operations on site.”

Gwernymynydd Town Council objected to the plans on similar grounds, and other organisations are opposing it over concerns for wildlife habitats.

In total, 102 residents raised objections, with a letter from a collective of residents, property and land owners also submitted.

The report concludes: “The applicant has demonstrated that the site needs to be restored for stabilisation and for landscape reasons with the minimum amount of material necessary for an acceptable landform which is in line with national policy.

“The restoration would be ensuring a beneficial use of waste material that cannot be recycled and reused elsewhere.

“While landfilling of inert waste material is generally unacceptable, the applicant has demonstrated exceptional circumstances and it is considered to be acceptable at this site to ensure that the quarry faces are stabilised and that an acceptable landform is achieved with the minimum amount of material.”

It added: “It is considered the highway network could accommodate the proposed vehicle movements and the new access improvements, road widening and access road would facilitate safe access and egress into and out of the site.”

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