Recycling facilities in Llangollen

Llangollen Friends of the Earth support Phil Jones’ campaign for Dee Valley residents to be allowed to use Plas Madoc recycling centre.
We believe that waste reduction is most important, and that retailers and manufacturers have a key role to play in reducing waste. However in Llangollen and the Dee Valley we have a situation where people are currently driving a distance three times that of the distance to the nearest facility in Plas Madoc. That is inconvenient, wasteful and bad for the environment.

We understand that some negotiation has taken place over the years between Denbighshire and Wrexham councils over this issue. Concerns about cost and usage monitoring have been mentioned as possible stumbling blocks. However recent developments could help move past those blockages. For example Denbighshire’s new online booking system could be expanded to include the Plas Madoc facility for Dee Valley postcodes. The exact usage can then be monitored, and Denbighshire could then be billed using those figures.

It is clear that other towns in Denbighshire have much better levels of service, and we would encourage Denbighshire council to re-deploy resources more evenly. This could be achieved by increasing the number of days on which the pop-up facility operates. If the hours could be increased for the pop-up facility, then this would become a more convenient service, and could be especially useful to those who do not have access to a vehicle, or those who would prefer not to travel out of town to dispose of waste.

We would encourage members of the public to write to their councillors regarding this issue. But also to consider the source of the problem, and to contact retailers about the amount of packaging they receive with goods. If members of the public would like more information or to take things further locally, then there are a number of groups in the area campaigning on waste issues.

Link to Phil Jones’ campaign petition page: https://www.change.org/p/denbighshire-county-council-return-of-recycling-in-llangollen-and-the-dee-valley

Councillor details can be found here: https://moderngov.denbighshire.gov.uk/mgMemberIndex.aspx?bcr=1&LLL=0

Surfers against sewage campaign group: https://www.sas.org.uk/communities-near-me/

Llangollen & District Friends of the Earth: www.llangollenfoe.org.uk

Plastic Free Llangollen: www.facebook.com/PlasticFreeLlangollen

Have your say on Llangollen Covid-19 proposals

Click here to access the consultation

Denbighshire council have obtained funding to modify roads and pavements in Llangollen to allow people to move around town more safely during the Covid-19 pandemic.

They have made a number of proposals. You can see the details of the proposals and have your say on the proposals here.

Our thoughts;

  • Wider pavements and space for cycling are welcome.
  • Assisting cafes moving into the road space is welcome and will create a more human friendly town.
  • The link between Hall Street and Berwyn Street (A5) should remain open to pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Reversing the direction of flow of vehicles on Church Street will eliminate the use of this route as a rat-run. It would be useful if it was made two way for cyclists. Also, to avoid diverting more traffic into the town centre, it may be better to start the one way from the junction with Llys-Y-Barcty.
  • Turning all one way roads into two way for cycling should be considered.
  • The routes to the town’s schools should be considered and improved. Improvements could include wider pavements outside the primary school, a school street scheme at drop off / pick up times and improved safety at the Brook street – A5 junction.
  • Bicycle parking could be distributed around the town centre and should ideally be covered where possible.

Click here to access the consultation?

LDP Candidate Sites

The LDP will steer development within Llangollen and the whole of Denbighshire over the next 15 years. This is an important chance for you to influence how that development takes place.

A number of sites in Llangollen have been submitted as ‘Candidate Sites’ for development. Here is a guide to the sites…

Llangollen Youth Club Site site
Site ref: CS-03E-170

Youth Club Playing Field

Some thoughts on the youth club playing field site;

  • This land is a vital resource for the youth club, kids, adults, families and sports teams.
  • This green space should be retained as a playing field to support the health and well-being of Llangollen residents.
  • Increased vehicle traffic.
  • Increased demand on local services.

Site Name: Land off Maesmawr Road, Llangollen – Option 1
Site Ref: CS-03E-107

Maesmawr Road – Option 1

Site Name: Land off Maesmawr Road, Llangollen – Option 2
Site ref: CS-03E-108

Maesmawr Road – Option 2. Includes Option 1 and the field next door. This is a much bigger site than Option 1.

Site Name: Maesmawr Road, adjacent to Tyn Y Wern, Llangollen
Site Ref: CS-03E-077

Land off Maesmawr road adjacent to Tyn y Wern

Some thoughts that apply to all 3 of the Maesmawr road sites;

  • The site is large and so development would significantly alter the character of the town, and local services would struggle to cope.
  • Employment within the town cannot support a site of this size, meaning increased commuting out of the town.
  • The site is on the edge of town, and would pushing out the development boundary.
  • The site has poor transport links. Birch Hill is a narrow and already busy road and would form the main access to amenities from the site.
  • The site is too far out of the centre of town for Active Travel to be realistic.
  • Development of the site would have significant negative visual impact on the valley.
  • Development of the site would mean that the valley would lose important agricultural land, reducing potential for the agricultural industry.

Have your say

To have your say either…

Click here to visit the council’s consultation page. This contains lots of background information and a link to the consultation form.

OR

Complete the Consultation Response Form and return it by emailing: planningpolicy@denbighshire.gov.uk or
posting it to: Strategic Planning and Housing, Denbighshire County Council, PO Box 62,Ruthin, LL15 9AZ

The deadline for submissions is 30th August 2019.

Playing field on list of ‘candidate sites’ for development

Playing field and youth club off Vicarage Road

Denbighshire’s LDP is considering a number of candidate sites for development, and the playing fields off Vicarage road is one of them.

Have your say

To have your say either…

Click here to visit the council’s consultation page. This contains lots of background information and a link to the consultation form.

OR

Complete the Consultation Response Form and return it by emailing: planningpolicy@denbighshire.gov.uk or
posting it to: Strategic Planning and Housing, Denbighshire County Council, PO Box 62,Ruthin, LL15 9AZ

The deadline for responses is 30th August 2019. For information, the playing field site has reference CS-03E-170. You can see the full list of Llangollen sites here.

Ask Denbighshire Council to declare a Climate Emergency

Llangollen Friends of the Earth and XR Rebellion NE Wales are asking Denbighshire County Council to declare a Climate and Ecological Emergency at their meeting on 2nd July.

Please take two minutes to contact your county councillor using our easy to use form, and ask them to support Denbighshire declaring a climate emergency. CLICK HERE or above to access the form.

https://actionnetwork.org/letters/ask-denbighshire-council-to-declare-a-climate-emergency/

Climate Action Llangollen

Take Climate Action!

This summer we’re supporting a series of events that are bringing together anyone who’s worried about the climate crisis to start channelling this energy into starting climate action groups and building practical solutions . We will be helping to connect these local climate action groups at a national and international level to create enough pressure to bring about the big system changes that we urgently need.

If you are interested in taking part, please come along to our initial meeting;

Climate Action Llangollen Meeting – Thursday 16th May, 7.30pm-9.30pm. Llangollen Town Council Chamber.

Big Bike Ride to School on ITV

The Big Bike Ride event was organised by Llangollen Friends of the Earth, and was part of the Sustrans ‘Big Pedal’, a national event involving over 2,000 schools. More than 70% of pupils from both the English and Welsh medium primary schools decided to cycle, scoot, or walk to school that day instead of travelling by car.

The event in Llangollen was covered by ITV Cymru/Wales as well as BBC Radio Wales. You can read more about the event here.

Say NO to a new M4!

A new M4 will affect ALL of Wales. By spending over £1.5 of borrowed money on 14 miles of motorway in the South, Active Travel and Public Transport all over Wales will suffer. The new road will…

  • Fuel dangerous climate change.
  • Cost around 2 Billion pounds; starving sustainable alternatives of funding.
  • Increase traffic levels and pollution in South Wales.
  • Devastate important wildlife sites including six Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
  • Shatter the ideals of the Well-being of Future Generations Act.

Please click here to take our online action.

Brynglas Tunnels – Removing a bottleneck just moves the bottleneck.

If the Welsh Government go ahead with this road, the ideals of the Well-being of Future Generations Act will be in tatters.

This fight is not just about the road, it is about our ability to tackle climate change and the future Wales we want to see.

240 children take part in Llangollen’s Big Pedal

In Llangollen 240 children got together on Friday 29th March to cycle to school.

The event was organised by Friends of the Earth Llangollen, and was part of ‘The Big Pedal’, a national event involving over 2,000 schools More than 70% of pupils from both the English and Welsh medium primary schools decided to cycle, scoot, or walk to school that day instead of travelling by car.

Elin aged 7 said “It was really fun to cycle to school with my friends. Usually there are lots of cars at school which makes it difficult to cycle, but today there were hardly any cars and it was a lot better. I wish it could happen every day.”

Friends of the Earth Llangollen group coordinator Warren Davies said “Today has shown how easy and fun cycling can be. It wakes you up, it’s better for your health, and it’s just fun being outside in the fresh air. I have two young children and we would prefer to cycle to school every day. When they’re a bit older I’d like them to be able to cycle on their own, but the number of cars and lack of safe routes makes this very difficult.”

A stream of students on their way to school up Brook Street in Llangollen.

“We know cycling or walking is better for climate change and air pollution compared to driving. We also know that children are more at risk from the effects of pollution, so it’s important that we do more to improve air quality. The Welsh Government launched the Active Travel Act in 2013. To make progress we need the Welsh Government to provide more funding and clear leadership to councils in Wales.”

Headteacher of Bryn Collen, Lisa Howden said “Our learners love a challenge and we’re delighted to have taken part in the Big Pedal. We’ve been focusing on physical well being this year, taking part in Fitness Frenzy each break and the Daily Mile, so encouraging everyone to be active on their journey to school really complements that. We’re proud that our learners are aware of, and want to learn about, environmental and social issues. One of our year groups has recently chosen to learn about air pollution, so this event is also a practical response to that!”

Headteacher of Ysgol y Gwernant, Bethan Jones said “It’s great to be encouraging pupils and parents to walk, cycle and scoot to school. We have a responsibility to teach our pupils how to develop healthy lifestyles. It also links in with our Eco school initiatives and reduced traffic and pollution outside the school.”

Without any traffic the journey was safe and pollution free.

In the UK 2,091 schools, nurseries, further education centres and after-school clubs are within 150 metres of a road with illegal levels of nitrogen dioxide.1 Air pollution costs lives and billions of pounds. It is one of the UK’s biggest killers, causing up to 36,000 early deaths in the UK every year, more than obesity or alcohol. Dirty air leads to worsening asthma symptoms, heart disease and even lung cancer. Air pollution has even been associated with changes in the brain linked to dementia and can lead to children growing up with smaller lungs.

The event organised by Llangollen Friends of the Earth aimed to encourage children and parents to consider cycling or walking to school instead of driving, showing how fun and beneficial it can be.

Overflowing bike rack at school.