Council agrees to re-establish liaison group with owners of a controversial quarry
Rhiannon James, local democracy reporter
The leader of Caerphilly County Borough Council has confirmed that a committee linking residents with the owners of a controversial quarry could be re-established by autumn.
The quarry on Gelliargwellt Uchaf Farm, run by the Bryn Group, has caused tension in Gelligaer, Nelson and Penybryn’s communities due to concerns about dust, noise pollution and lorry movements.
Councillor Sean Morgan said: “I’m acutely aware of ongoing concerns in the local community and can confirm that we are planning to restart the liaison group, with the full cooperation and agreement of the Bryn Group, in the autumn.
“This decision, along with other community engagement measures, will be considered by the cabinet over the coming months. As soon as we have agreed details, these will be communicated fully to all parties.”
The former liaison committee was established in March 2010 and disbanded in June 2017 following a “significant reduction in complaints”.
Last month, Labour MS Hefin David called for the liaison committee to be re-established. Following the council leader’s update, he said: “On Bryn Compost, I’ve been pushing for the re-establishment of a liaison group for some time and I’m delighted that Cllr Morgan has listened.
“I will, with residents, play an active part in the group.”
The final decision is to be made by cabinet members, who are expected to approve the set-up of the liaison committee. The next cabinet meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 13.
The Bryn Group has previously said it would be “very happy” to see the set-up of the committee.
Cllr Morgan, who represents Nelson, added: “I hope this update clearly demonstrates that we are listening to genuine concerns being raised by the community and that this administration at Caerphilly County Borough Council will always look for a best way forward for all.”
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