Campaigners dismayed as Wrexham landfill site given OK

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CAMPAIGNERS say they are “outraged” at the outcome of a public inquiry which confirms planning modifications at the Hafod Quarry landfill site near Johnstown.

Although representatives of Hafod Environmental Group (HEG) have severely criticised the conclusions of the inquiry, they fear they are not going to be in a position to carry on the long-running fight any further.

They are concerned that the modifications that have been given the green light will extend the permitted area for landfill activities at the site.

Spokesman Pauline Smout said: “We are outraged at the decision. Although we and our lawyers believe we have a strong case we will not take up a suggestion to appeal to the High Court. We have no faith in the system.”

Mrs Smout said the over-riding feeling among members of the group was that the opinions of residents had not been listened to. “There has been no consideration for the local people. How can we have any faith that we will ever get a fair hearing?

“All our time, money and commitment would again be wasted. We couldn’t in good faith raise money again in our communities.”

Wrexham Council welcomed the conclusions of the public inquiry. A spokesman said: “The council is pleased its orders have been confirmed.”

The public inquiry was held in Wrexham in the spring of 2009 and the inspector in charge was Emyr Jones.

The Welsh Assembly’s chief planner/deputy director Department for Environment, Sustainability and Housing Rosemary Thomas said she agreed with Mr Jones’ conclusions and accepted his recommendations.

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