Flintshire crematorium bids divide neighbouring authorities

Reporter:

David Humphreys

COMMUNITIES on either side of the A55 are divided about whether to back controversial plans for a crematorium.

Community councillors in Northop have long raised objections to an application submitted by J E Davies and Sons to build Flintshire’s first crematorium.

But their counterparts at Northop Hall have now come out in favour of the J E Davies proposal.

And Northop Hall Community Council is objecting to a rival application submitted by Memoria Ltd.

Chairman Cllr John Golledge said the infrastructure was not in place to support that application.

A statement posted on the Northop Hall Community Council website said: “Northop Hall Community Council is supporting the J E Davies application on the grounds that the site is far more accessible with better traffic movement to the east and west via the A55.”

Cllr Golledge said: “We believe as a community council that the infrastructure is better at the Starkey Lane site.”

And he added: “The Memoria application would cause more traffic to go through Northop than the Starkey Lane site.”

Blueprints for the latter project, which would see the 10-acre crematorium built on a 23-acre site off Starkey Lane, Northop, were first unveiled in July last year.

Currently bereaved families have to travel to either Blacon Crematorium in Chester, Pentrebychan Crematorium in Wrexham or Colwyn Bay.

Opponents say the J E Davies proposal would result in a significant increase in traffic, impacting the community and potentially harming the ecology of the area.

The second bid submitted by Memoria Ltd proposes to construct the crematorium on land between Kelsterton Lane, Oakenholt Lane and Mold Road, near Northop.

This lies two miles away from J E Davies’ suggested site.

Cllr Golledge said of the Memoria plan: “We believe the infrastructure is not good enough to support the development.

“The roads are at best congested around Northop Hall.

“In the main it is not possible to drive along those roads without stopping to let other cars through and the Northop Hall to Connah’s Quay road is too hazardous to accommodate the traffic that would come with the crematorium.”

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