A COUNCILLOR has “nailed his colours to the mast” in the Flintshire Crematorium row – saying opposition would be “nimbyism”.
Flint councillor Alex Aldridge said he was “fully supportive” of plans for the crematorium, which would be built on 23 acres of land off Starkey Lane, near Northop.
His remarks came after questions were raised by residents on Facebook over whether Labour councillors were in support of the scheme, which would be the county’s only such facility.
The Labour councillor said: “I’m going to nail my colours to the mast – I’m fully supportive of the proposals for a crematorium.
“I’m not going to sign up to the nimbyism argument by saying we want one in Flintshire but it can’t come near Flint.
“As and when that application comes I will be fully supportive of it – the development will be respectful, it will be tasteful and it will not harm anybody.
“That site is eminently suitable and will serve the needs of the surrounding areas, with people not having to travel too far.”
Cllr Aldridge said Flintshire Council’s Unitary Development Plan, which sets out land use patterns for the next decade, included a projected 7,800 new homes and that infrastructure, such as the crematorium, was needed to deal with the extra population that would bring. At present, bereaved families have to travel to crematoriums in Chester, Colwyn Bay or Wrexham.
He said: “I feel for people who have to go through that absolute pain for the loss of a loved one and then have to travel huge distances to have them cremated with people waiting more than three weeks. People have to go to Pentrebychan, Blacon and Colwyn Bay.
“People shouldn’t have to go across the counties to lay their family and friends to rest.”
Cllr Aldridge also said it was time for Flintshire Council to put the application, submitted last year by funeral directors J. E. Davies and Son, before the planning committee.
Cllr Aldridge added: “I’m sure the design would be sympathetic, so Flintshire Council, let’s stop the speculative comments and let’s have a decision soon because at the end of the day there’s a 7,800 homes projection of new builds.”
Steve Petter, a member of the Say NO to a crematorium in Northop campaign, said: “If we look at the Unitary Development Policy there are all sorts of clauses and in that document which do not promote the development of such a construction. There are plenty of brownfield sites in the county which would be better suited.
“If we don’t want something in our back garden, we are always going to be described as nimbys (not-in-my-backyard) – but this just isn’t the right site.”