Thursday, 17 March 2011

Government Minister Visit to Steel Works Site welcomed

Plaid Cymru candidate for Clwyd South Mabon ap Gwynfor has welcomed the news that Government Minister for Housing and Regeneration, Jocelyn Davies AM (Plaid Cymru) is to visit the Brymbo Steel Works site tomorrow, Thursday 17 March.

Mabon ap Gwynfor said that the lack of any tangible developments other than housing on the old Steel Works site at Brymbo has been a major concern locally, following promises made by the developers, BDL, to create jobs, a new school and conserve the area's heritage.

Mabon ap Gwynfor said,
“I’m concerned that having made many promises initially for the old steel works site the only thing we’ve seen built are houses bringing vast profits to the coffers of a few individuals. BDL have failed to develop the basic infrastructure that this community needs including the spine road and other promises, and this having already received over £7m public funding to help clear the site.

“The site has a lot of potential and a wealth of heritage to it. The Steel from this area built the British Navy and made the UK the economic power house of its day. The fossilised Carboniferous forrest that has been found on site has national significance as it is the most comprehenisve record of its kind, and has the potential of attracting tourists interested in the early history of our planet.

“I would urge the Brymbo Heritage Group to use the meeting as an opportunity to discuss how best they can work with government bodies like CADW in order to benefit fully from the areas extraordinary historical past.”

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a prat! If I were BDL I would tell her and her crew to do one!

Anonymous said...

Another increasingly desparate Tory posting!

Plaid Gwersyllt said...

Another succesful attempt at getting under opponents's skin!

BHG said...

As a member of Brymbo Heritage Group I am appalled that Plaid are again jumping on the bandwagon. Had they supported the applications to fund the spine road at the planning committee then the dream would have been a step closer.

Anonymous said...

Don't be silly, BDL wouldn't spend the money to build a spine road on the back of profits from 500 houses, they weren't going to do it on the back of a 100 were they. You and your tory cronies have swallowed the BDL propoganda, hook, line and sinker.

Plaid Whitegate said...

What bandwagon would that be? The one trying to get Paul Rogers in the paper?

Plaid locally has consistently argued for years for the BDL to use the profits from the housing to fund development of the other aspects of the scheme, including the spine road.

BHG have been led up the garden path by BDL, which even now is failing to fund the necessary heritage works the area deserves.

Anonymous said...

Great article in today's Daily Post, it leaves poor Paul Rogers floundering having backed the wrong horse again (BDL).

BHG said...

It is a shame that Plaid's local councillor's and candidate don't take time out to meet with the developers and community to discuss the facts.

The minister met with them yesterday and was very reasonable and the meeting was very productive in moving things forward.

WAG may even be able to help kickstart the development.

Plaid Whitegate said...

I'm glad you found the Plaid minister willing to discuss and move things forward. It was unfortunate that the Plaid candidate was blocked from attending yesterday's meeting, as it was deemed to be private.
I am happy to meet BDL, the BHG and local residents at any time to discuss the facts - I think new residents would be interested in some of the promises made in 2000.
Protocol dictates that local councillors cannot organise meetings etc in other councillors' wards re local matters but the offer has always been there.

Anonymous said...

Isherwood and Rogers are held in very high regard by BHG and did a great job in getting the Minister to Brymbo. Glad they are trying to find a workable solution rather than snipe from the sidelines.

Anonymous said...

Isn't it great to see Tory free market politicians battling to use public money to boost the profits of millionaires? Well done chaps!

Anonymous said...

Of course, why spend your own money on delivering promises that you made in order to get the agreement when you can get the gullible tax payer to pay for it instead?

BDL and Rogers are taking us all for a ride. BDL are getting to keep their fortunes. What's Rogers getting out of it?

John Wilkinson's Ghost said...

Of course, BDL have been so very concerned about the state of the old buildings on the site that they appear to have failed to conduct even the most basic maintenance work. Given the presence of any number of builders and their equipment up the other end of the site over the past few years, you think they'd have thought to use some of them to stabilise the structures, rather than let them decay and collapse; a more cynical person than myself might suggest that inaction has provided them with another useful bargaining chip to shoe-horn as many more houses onto the site as possible. While I'm sure the BHG have their hearts in the right place, they really should take a close look at the crumbling remnants on the site and have a long, hard think about this whole thing has been conducted.

Everyone (well, everyone who was paying close attention ten years ago) will remember the fulsome promises made at the time the development was approved. It might be an interesting exercise to compare the information we were given then with the reality on the ground now (i.e. an inappropriately dense and poorly sited development of startlingly ugly houses).