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Last Updated:  Tuesday, 25 February, 2003, 12:32 GMT
Youth club plan for coal site
Bersham Colliery waste tip
Bersham Colliery waste tip could be demolished
A youth club could be built on the site of one of Wales' last remaining coal tips after its new owners revealed plans to remove the waste.

The former Bersham Colliery in Rhostyllen has been bought from the Coal Board by Glenside Recycling Ltd.

Managers want to destroy the mound on the outskirts of Wrexham and sell the waste to the construction industry.

On Monday, company representatives met local councillors to discuss their plans for the site.

Residents had previously raised concerns that the removal of the tip would leave the area with no permanent reminder of the mining industry - for which the town is associated.

We would really like something for the youth, but it's really up to what the village want
Malcolm Hughes councillor

The mine closed in 1986, putting 300 miners out of work, but the five million-tonne slag tip remained.

County councillor Malcolm Hughes said the land could be used for the benefit of the community.

"We would really like something for the youth, but it's really up to what the village want.

"We have one of the biggest youth clubs in the area with about 80 members, and they don't have enough room in their present building.

"I've recently had a petition with 120 signatures on it asking for a better youth club.

Once we know what's there we can discuss any environmental implications such as dust
Mike Killett Glenside Recycling Ltd

"If we could get something like that and something for the senior citizens it would be a good idea," he said.

At one time there were 90 deep mines in Wrexham and 200 in neighbouring Flintshire.

At around 30 acres, the curtilage of the tip is larger than the former colliery.

Mike Killett, technical director at Glenside Recycling Ltd, said the firm was committed to the scheme, although it had not put in a planning application to Wrexham council yet.

"At the moment we are conducting discussions with the local community and other local residents to canvass opinion," he said.

Recycling material

"We are very much taking on board what the community needs are.

"We have to do some intrusive investigations now - we have historical data, but we need to look at lab analysis of materials," he said.

"Once we know what's there, we can discuss any environmental implications such as dust.

"We can also provide a plan for extraction which would prevent anything like that.

"We want to get rid of the material with the least amount of disruption," he added.

The material recovered from the mound would be used in the construction industry, including the building of roads.

The European and UK Government are encouraging the use of recycling material from former mines as opposed to quarrying aggregates.

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