Gwernymynydd residents fear quarry plan will create blackspot

Published date: 14 January 2014 |
Published by: David Humphreys
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AN ACCIDENT blackspot will be created by a proposed recycling development, claim opponents.

Dozens of people gathered on Glyndwr Road, Gwernymynydd yesterday to show their opposition to a planned development to fill Cambrian Quarry by importing and recycling inert materials.

The proposal includes plans to widen Glyndwr Road by at least three metres (10 feet)to allow more room for heavy goods vehicles to manoeuvre along the narrow area.

But there are fears this will only make the road more dangerous for motorists and pedestrians.

Resident Chris Bradshaw said: “They’re going to squeeze 150 lorries a day through this junction.

“People are very concerned in the community, there is a lot of opposition.

“People are telling the council that this is a profoundly dangerous road; they’re not listening.

“I believe this could turn a hazardous junction into a very dangerous one.

“There could be a very serious accident here.”

Over 50 residents visited the site in an attempt to lobby members of Flintshire Council’s planning committee who visited the site, ahead of their decision on the proposal tomorrow.

Gwernymynydd Town Council has objected to the plans on similar grounds, and other organisations have registered worries over wildlife habitats.

The proposal has caused concern among residents living close to the site, with over 40 meeting in December to discuss worries over dust, traffic movements and noise surrounding the application.

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

One of the locals who attended the site, David Jones, said he feared the effects of the surface conditions for lorries using the road.

He said: “They want to use this road that isn’t gritted and when it freezes, there’s just black ice.

“It’s going to make it an accident blackspot.

“There’s going to be over 150 lorries a day, around one every three minutes, but I bet they haven’t considered the young children living in the houses nearby or the health impact of residents.”

Adrian Doward believed it could take a serious accident for the development to be halted.

He said: “I am totally against it. The traffic is bad enough. Lorries do not stop and people whizz down that road.

“People come up that road so fast to get up that hill. What’s it going to take? Someone to die?

“You see a lot of cyclists coming up this road and with all the lorries coming down it will be dangerous,” he said.

The application, submitted by Ash Resource Management, proposes to fill Cambrian Quarry by importing and recycling inert materials and it is proposed the site would then be used for agriculture and nature conservation.

A report to the committee by officers, recommending the plans for approval, says: “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.”

It adds: “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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