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Opposition to recycled tip plan
Landfill site
The Llwyn Isaf site was used for landfill purposes until the year 2000
Plans to develop a recycling site for landfill purposes have angered residents in north Wales.

Gwynedd Council wants to reopen the Llwyn Isaf landfill site, near Pantglas, as a short-term solution for waste disposal in the area.

But residents say the site is visible for miles around and are worried about the impact it could have on tourism and local businesses.

More than 200 people packed a public meeting to protest about the proposals.

The site was used for landfill until 2000. At present it is used for the recycling of waste collected from Gwynedd's kerbside recyclable service.

If the plans are approved, it could become a landfill site again within the next two years.

We would have lorries, rats and seagulls everywhere
Resident Anne Jones

Councillor Owain Williams said residents running bed and breakfast businesses and holiday homes were particularly worried.

"Visitors come to this area to escape litter, pollution and traffic," he said.

"The site is on an exposed plateau with a few lagoons to fill and will be visible for miles around in an otherwise beautiful area."

Local resident Anne Jones said the previous landfill site had brought problems to the area.

"We would have lorries, rats and seagulls everywhere," she said. "It was horrible.

"When the landfill part of the site was covered over in the year 2000 we thought that was the end of it."

Mr Williams said residents were worried the landfill site would bring back the heavy traffic into the region's "narrow country lanes".

Special scientific interest

"They will be at best an inconvenience to local traffic, much of it slow-moving agricultural, and at worst a positive hazard," he said.

Mr Williams said local people felt they had not been properly consulted about plans for the site.

Llwyn Isaf is close to a site of special scientific interest because of its rare plants.

A spokesman for Gwynedd Council said the proposed site would be subject to European and UK legislation which would limit its impact on the local environment.

The legislation ensures all landfill sites are fully lined and engineered to contain and prevent any emissions, he said.

He denied the council had behaved in an "underhand" way in the consultation process and said the council board had decided to postpone a decision on the future of the site so that officers could discuss the matter further with local people.

He said the council had "fully consulted" with the public on its waste strategy and published a shortlist of sites under consideration.

Gwynedd council will discuss the issue next Tuesday but officers are recommending the site should be given the go-ahead.

The council voiced concerns about a shortage of landfill sites in north west Wales in early May following the announcement that Faengoch quarry at Cilgwyn, near Caernarfon, was to close in two years.

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