Public meeting planned in battle against gipsy site near Chirk

Reporter:

Phil Robinson

CAMPAIGNERS are staging a public meeting in their battle to stop a gipsy and traveller site being built on land near Chirk.

A site at Black Park, just off the Halton roundabout on the A483 and close to the McDonald’s restaurant, is one of three possible sites earmarked for the controversial development in Wrexham Council’s Local Development Plan.

Protesters will stage a public meeting on Thursday to discuss the plans.

The other two potential locations are a former sewage treatment plant at Coed-y-Felin in Brymbo and the present gipsy and traveller site in Ruthin Road, Wrexham, where an extension is suggested.

Residents living close to the Chirk and Brymbo sites have mobilised against the plan and were out in force when the council’s executive board discussed the controversial issue last week.

Following a wide-ranging debate, members rejected a suggestion that the Chirk and Brymbo sites be removed from consideration, leaving only Ruthin Road.

The board eventually voted to submit all three for further consideration by the full council on March 24.

Both campaign groups expressed their disappointment at the decision but pledged to fight on.

Those from Chirk have already submitted a petition, containing nearly 1,200 names, calling for the Black Park site to be left alone. They have also organised a public meeting, to be held in Chirk Parish Hall at 7.45pm on Thursday.

Residents of Black Park, Halton, and Chirk together with business owners are invited, as well as Chirk town councillors, Wrexham county councillors and the area’s MP.

A Facebook Group has also been set up, called Halton says NO to the Travellers – Dim Diolch.

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