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'Crem' rivals both claim edge in planning battle

Published date: 26 August 2014 |
Published by: Owen Evans 
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THE man behind one of two rival crematorium bids believes the public is now on his side.

Edward Davies, owner of J E Davies and Sons, who has applied to build a crematorium on land at Starkey Lane, claims people who may have objected to his plan in the past are now supportive.

His comments came as a Facebook group supporting Mr Davies’ plans ‘Say YES to Flintshire Crematorium’ passed the 2,000 mark.

He said people were realising his site was the best option after a rival bid was submitted by Memoria Ltd for land between Kelsterton Lane, Oakenholt Lane and Mold Road, near Northop.

This lies two miles away from J E Davies’ suggested site.

Mr Davies said: “The Facebook site in support of the Starkey Lane application has reached over 2,000 members now which shows the public support is for ours.

“It’s nice to see so many people coming out and supporting our application.

“Since the other application has gone in, I think people have realised that ours is the best option.

“People are realising that our location would have less impact on the local area.”

Jamieson Hodgson, business development manager at Memoria, admitted a lot of residents near the site may support the J E Davies application but argued their plan was more suitable in planning terms.

He said: “As a result of the fact that we have got people that obviously will live nearer to our site, he is bound to have more supporters of his site because of the nature of the site being where it is.

“Our site is never going to be 100 per cent popular but I’d say it doesn’t change the fact that his site is on a restricted green barrier site.

“It’s difficult for us as an out-of-area group. He’s able to say ‘I’m the local man’ but that doesn’t change the planning issues.”

Mr Hodgson said he hoped both applications would be considered together, so the advantages and disadvatages of both sites could be properly compared.

The consultation period for the Memoria application came to an end on Thursday and Mr Davies said hopes that will pave the way for his application to be considered.

A Flintshire Council spokesman said: “It was resolved at the July meeting of the council’s planning and development control committee that the J.E. Davies & Son application be considered at a special planning committee as soon as possible.

“This remains the intention – although no date has as yet been set.”

The Memoria application was still in the consultation stage last week and will be reported to committee for determination when they have sufficient information to fully assess it, the spokesman added. 

Again, they added no date has been set for this determination.

Earlier this month, Northop Hall Community Council came out in favour of the J E Davies proposal while objecting to the rival plan submitted by Memoria Ltd.

Blueprints for the J E Davies project, which would see the 10-acre crematorium built on a 23-acre site off Starkey Lane, Northop, were first unveiled in July last year.

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

Opponents say the J E Davies proposal would result in a significant increase in traffic, impacting the community and potentially harming the ecology of the area.

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  1. Posted by: dukedom at 09:45 on 26 August 2014 Report

    Not being one of Cllr Al;dridges nimbys lets look at site comparison. Davies site on 1of only 17 green belts. Memoria is not. Traffic from Mold, Connahs Quay etc access site without going through Northop. Traffic from A55 from Queensferry misses Nothop. Memoris site off 50 mph road, Davies 60mph stretch. Memoria just edges it.

  2. Posted by: wonderwho at 13:57 on 26 August 2014 Report

    I have been a visitor many times to events at the Northop College when they have sent the traffic out of the event via the gate on the Flint - Northop road and hundreds of cars have left the site in a short time without any problem. The gate is opposite the proposed Starkey Lane site so I cannot see a traffic problem !!!

  3. Posted by: Prudy'sgirl5 at 14:19 on 26 August 2014 Report

    How the hell can anyone say Cllr ALDRIDGE ( that's how it's spelt) is a nimby? He lives in Flint ,the Crematorium will be in Flint, if this council has any guts and brains !!!! There are some terrible personal digs in these columns sometimes most of which have nothing to do with the topic being discussed. There wont be any more traffic problems than we have now but there will be a lot less distraught people having to follow loved ones for longer drives than necessary.

  4. Posted by: dukedom at 15:41 on 26 August 2014 Report

    Prudys girl- can spell, thank you- just a typist slip! Now read the comment. This states I am not a nimby which is what Cllr Aldridge himself called those against the Davies site in the press iin the last months or so. Suggest you read the comment beyond the spelling, but then your previous posts well define your political, and other, connections.

  5. Posted by: Prudy'sgirl5 at 18:17 on 26 August 2014 Report

    Apologies if I read your post as being sarcastic but let me say anyone who knows me knows this -- I don't do politics at all and I am connected to no one and I don't need anyone to tell me what to think as my opinions are all my own.

  6. Posted by: dukedom at 18:31 on 26 August 2014 Report

    Prudys girl- sincere thanks for your acknowledgement. Just like you , I welcome the opportunity to air my personal, not political , views. All I was doing was offering a STRUCTURED view on both sites, as I do not believe a politician whose ward nor town limits area actually includes the site- both are in Northop/Hall, not Flint-should poke his nose in. Regards.

  7. Posted by: dukedom at 08:41 on 27 August 2014 Report

    Purdys girl- unladylike of me - forgot to put my apology to you for assumptions made.

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