Residents ‘deserve better than this’
Plaid Cymru AM Llyr Gruffydd has expressed disappointment at the Welsh government’s refusal to back an independent inquiry into recent fires at Kronospan in Chirk.
Mr Gruffydd, Plaid Cymru’s North Wales AM, again raised the issue in the Senedd in today’s questions to Lesley Griffiths, the minister for the environment.
“In light of the recent fire at Kronospan in Chirk and the pollution resulting from that fire, the 17th in 18 years, are you satisfied with the level of monitoring carried out by Natural Resources Wales and Wrexham Council? Residents are mounting weekly protests as a result of this latest fire and I share their concerns that the bodies responsible for ensuring their safety are not providing reassurance given the plant’s record. Will you agree to hold an independent inquiry with community representation and to ensure there is permanent independent air-quality monitoring around the site to provide community reassurance?”
The minister’s answer was that she was awaiting further information from Wrexham Council about the log-yard fire and would be meeting with NRW in the next couple of weeks and would seek assurances from them about the plant. She went on to say “I don’t think there’s a need for an independent inquiry.”
Mr Gruffydd responded by saying: “I think residents deserve better than this casual dismissal by the minister. There have been numerous fires and safety incidents that deserve further investigation. She also side-stepped my call for permanent independent monitoring of the air quality around the site. It’s just not good enough to dismiss health concerns.”