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Historic building in demolition threat
Generic building, Boundary Lane
The chain works building is situated off Boundary Lane
An historic building in Flintshire which marks the county's links with heavy industry and shipping could be lost forever.

The local authority is expected to agree with their planning officers who have recommended that the old chain works building in Saltney should be demolished to make way for housing.

If the scheme is passed on Wednesday, more than 80 homes would be built.

County councillor Klaus Armstrong-Braun has condemned the plans, claiming a part of local history will be lost forever if the building off Boundary Lane in Saltney is demolished.

However, the buildings have been examined by CADW - the body responsible for preserving Welsh historic monuments - but it says they do not meet the criteria to be listed.

The Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust say that the buildings should be recorded in advance of demolition.


"We'd like to get a record of the building in its present state," said Mark Walters from the Trust.

"There haven't been any area surveys to see how many [chain works] there are.

"There aren't many in our area but if there are any they would be in Wrexham and Flintshire."

Chains for local industry and shipping would have been manufactured in the Saltney building, which has been significantly altered and now retains only a small remaining fragment of the historic aspect.

Officials have agreed that the best thing to do is simply record what is there for prosperity.

A total of 83 homes will be built, including 42 flats, 16 detached and semi-detached houses and 25 three-storey town houses.

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