Brymbo residents vow to fight gipsy site

Reporter:

Matt Sims

MORE than a hundred residents packed in to a meeting over plans for a potential gipsy site.

The event, held at Brymbo Methodist Chapel, had been arranged by Brymbo Community Council to keep people informed after Wrexham Council’s executive board voted against removing the site from its draft local development plan.

Land on the former sewage works at Coedyfelin Road has been earmarked as a potential site for a permanent travellers’ site.

Councillor Paul Rogers said he would ‘fight all the way’ against Brymbo remaining on the shortlist.

A meeting of full council will again debate the potential locations on March 24 with a public consultation due to take place in June.

The other sites are at Black Park in Chirk and Ruthin Road, Wrexham, where an extension to the existing traveller site is proposed.

Despite objections from people in Brymbo and Chirk, councillors on the executive board voted to keep all three sites on the potential shortlist at this stage.

David Gaskin, who owns a field near the proposed site in Chirk, said he thought the land would better be used for industrial purposes.

He said: “There are fears about the Cadbury factory (in the wake of the firm’s takeover by Kraft), and with that in mind I don’t think a gipsy site would bring any revenue to the site.”
 

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