Residents start Kronospan legal fight against dust


Lucy Wain

A Chirk company faces legal action over dust problems.

Leading environment law firm Hugh James has been instructed by 71 families in Chirk to take legal action in a battle against ongoing dust problems, which residents believe to be emanating from the Kronospan factory.

Residents say the dust has blighted the area for many years, which is affecting their enjoyment of their properties.

Residents say they have to keep their windows closed to prevent dust entering their homes, are unable to enjoy their gardens and regularly have to wash their cars as a result of a build-up of dust.

Hugh James has handled some of the country’s most high-profile environment group action cases and represented thousands of residents throughout the UK faced with similar environmental problems.

Gwen Evans, partner and head of environmental claims at Hugh James, said: “The evidence we have seen suggests residents have been exposed to an unacceptable level of dust believed to be emanating from the Kronospan site.

“People in these circumstances are entitled to compensation for dust exposure they have suffered in the past.

“We are also exploring the potential for an injunction to prevent the continuation of this nuisance in future and to ensure that Kronospan operates the site with due respect to its neighbours and without emitting dust into the neighbourhood.

“Those affected should contact us if they are considering making a claim.”

A Kronospan spokesman said: “We take our environmental obligations very seriously and continue to liaise with Natural Resources Wales and the local authority to ensure we continue to comply with these obligations.

“Wrexham County Borough Council and Natural Resources Wales have been conducting independent monitoring of the air quality in Chirk and they have received our full cooperation.

“The company has a long track record of major investment in Chirk.

“We are committed to reducing the impact of our activities on the environment and the residents and, to that end, we continue to invest heavily in modernising the site to secure its long-term future.”

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