Press coverage of the Public meeting held in Abergele Scout Hall on Saturday 9th May, where over 150 Abergele residents gathered in protest at plans which will see the destruction of a large section of greenfield land on the South east of Abergele to provide two housing estates with over 300 houses. The proposed sites will see the loss of the football pitches (believed to be owned by Ysgol Emrys Ap Iwan and subject to a 106 Agreement -we are currently investigating this - more on this to follow later) which are regularly used by the youth of Abergele and also see the destruction of the picturesque view of Tower Hill as you leave Abergele on the Llanfair Road.
Both sites will be joined together by a totally unnecessary bypass which will gouge through the Abergele countryside at great expense to the taxpayer destroying hedgerows, public footpaths mature trees and an abundance of animals, flora and fauna. The loss to Abergele will be immense and totally irreplaceable.
Topping it all off the Conwy County Borough Council have thrown in a site search area covering the complete South East of Abergele to provide a site for Gypsy and Traveller families!! An interesting side point here - part of the LDP document set released by Conwy County Borough Council contains a Gypsy and Traveller Site Demand Assessment document, BACKGROUND PAPER 22 which outlines thefacilities required for this site and where it should be positioned to ensure they are not disadvantaged. We would estimate that this document has probably cost the taxpayer in the region of £10,000 to produce!!! If we are wrong, I would welcome the Council correcting us on this point. We will of course request the actual cost from the Council as concerned taxpayers of Abergele.
The Abergele LDP Action Group are working closely with the residents of Abergele, David Jones (MP), Darren Millar (AM) and Local Town Councillors to ensure that these plans are removed from the LDP.