Greenfield houses hit by fire 'like a bomb site'


Jamie Nield-Siddall

HOMES destroyed by a fire have been left in a dangerous condition, claim community leaders.

They say the area looks like a bomb has hit the site on Greenfield Road, which went up in flames last month.

Community leaders have said the ruins are a safety risk and have called for immediate action to be taken.

Flintshire Council believes the site does not pose a risk, saying it is satisfied it has been made secure.

But at a meeting of Holywell Town Council, members described the site as being “very dangerous”.

Cllr Kenneth Roberts said: “Safety officers have been there, saying the houses are safe.

“It could be set on fire again – it is now like a bomb site.

“We are waiting around for someone to do something; it’s not good enough.

“When you look up there now, it’s a joke.

“It is a real concern and is in a terrible state of affairs.”

Firefighters battled for hours on Good Friday to subdue the fire.

Greenfield county councillor Rosetta Dolphin said: “The site is very, very dangerous.

“How they can say it is now safe is beyond me.

“We need to write to the planning officer for an update on what is happening.”

Cllr Dolphin said the house that burnt down was due to be pulled down anyway, adding the site will now also have to undergo a contamination plan.

Andrew Farrow, head of planning, said: “Council officers have visited the development and are satisfied the site has been made secure.

“The site is the subject of a retrospective application for planning permission.

“If planning permission were to be granted then a condition of that permission would require the development of a remediation strategy to address any land contaminants found on the site.

“This would also take into account any contaminants resulting from the fire.”

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