Planners to look at controversial gipsy camp plan

Reporter:

Matt Jones

A CONTROVERSIAL gipsy camp will be discussed by county planners next month.

Hundreds of people have already voiced their opposition to plans for a five-caravan site on land off Magazine Lane, Ewloe Green.

Anxious residents and traders set up the Ewloe Green Action Group and they say the green-belt land is popular with walkers and dog owners.

It is also feared any development will increase traffic leading to the site.

A spokesman for the group said: “The proposed site lies directly in the path of land earmarked by the Welsh Government for road widening if the proposals to upgrade the A55 from Ewloe to Northop proceed.

“In light of what is happening in Dale Farm (near Basildon) it makes no sense to us to allow this development, if in a couple of years time 30 residents have to be evicted and rehoused at huge public expense.

“The proposed site is situated in open country on designated green barrier land separating the villages of Northop Hall and Ewloe and is equidistant between the two communities.

“Access to the site would be via the narrow single track Green Lane, which junctions with Mold Road by Ewloe Green School, which has acknowledged traffic problems and poor visibility.”

Last year residents held a public meeting to oppose the plans.

A total of 275 letters of objection have been submitted against the proposals which were due to be discussed last year.

The spokesman added they group had concerns about drainage and sewage issues.

A barn on the site was subject to an arson attack last August after stables on the land were deliberately torched.

Planning agents Green Planning Solutions said they did not want to comment until the planning officer’s report has been submitted.

The application is set to be discussed by Flintshire Council’s planning committee meeting on October 5.

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