Clwyd South MP and AM hit out at plans to allow 1,000,000 chickens per week to be processed at local facility

Clwyd South MP Susan Elan Jones and AM Ken Skates have hit out at plans to allow a chicken processing facility to increase the number of birds they process from 400,000 to 1,000,000 per week.

Maelor Foods Ltd. based in Cross Lanes, Wrexham hopes to change a condition in their planning permission that limits the number of poultry they are allowed to process.

The proposal has caused an outcry among some local residents, who claim that there are already a number of existing issues with the site. These problems include damage to the roads, an increase in heavy traffic and not being able to open windows in the summer because of air pollution.

Susan Elan Jones MP said: “This sort of development could cause real infrastructural problems on local roads. Intensive poultry facilities also bring other problems, which Wrexham Council’s Planning Committee rightly noted when a similar request was made on the Wrexham/Chester border. I am forwarding the concerns of all local residents who have written to me onto the Council and I have sent my own personal objections. I fully support the community and understand their valid concerns”.

Ken Skates AM said: ““Along with the council and many local people, I supported the establishment of the company at the site after the closure of First Milk devastated hundreds of local families. However, there are concerns regarding this application which require attention. I have discussed the proposals at length with a number of residents and understand their concerns, and the council and the company need to recognise and address these concerns satisfactorily or this can’t go ahead. I have made formal representations to Wrexham Council on behalf of my constituents.”