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Sunday, September 13, 2020

Speedier access to Plas Madoc recycling centre demanded

* Plas Madoc waste recycling centre.

A concerned Llangollen resident has written an open letter to the chief executives of Denbighshire and Wrexham councils about the "slow progress" in local people getting access to the Plas Madoc recycling facility just over the border. 

Phil Jones writes to the two officials: "I am writing this open letter to you both in the hope and expectation that you will be able to speed up a process that seems to have been in abeyance since the Covid lockdown six months ago.

"You will beware that since the closure of the Plas Madoc recycling centre in March, residents of Denbighshire living in the Dee Valley have been unable to access a recycling facility without a 30 mile round trip to Ruthin.

"I acknowledge that whilst the pop-up facility at the pavilion has recently reopened, for a few hours each week, it is no substitute for a fully functioning civic amenity site open all week.

"When I first raised this issue with my local councillor, I was told that there ‘was no appetite’ to negotiate an access agreement at Plas Madoc for the residents of the Dee valley. 

"This caused me great concern for obvious reasons, so I contacted the Welsh Minister with national responsibility for recycling, Ms Hannah Blythyn. 

"Having contacted Denbighshire County Council, she assured me that ‘Denbighshire CC are very open to working collaboratively and exploring options with other Authorities in North Wales for common inter waste services that would benefit the residents of the region’.

"I appreciate that the Covid crisis has placed many strains on your councils’ ability to function efficiently, but there is silence on this subject and I wonder if any work has been done in terms of an exchange of heads of terms for a service level agreement between the two authorities for access to Plas Madoc? In what timescale we might expect to see this matter concluded?

"There are over 6,000 residents in the Dee Valley, and we need access to a fully functioning recycling facility. Such a facility exists at Plas Madoc, but we need effective collaboration between your two authorities to make this happen. 

"The matter is urgent, to the residents of the Dee Valley, so your help in expediting a speedy conclusion to access arrangements would be most appreciated."

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