AN UNDEVELOPED area of the Rhyl Cut is now an environmental hazard, an MP has said.
After hundreds of thousands of pounds was spent to revive part of the Cut in early 2013, the area on Redwood Drive site has deteriorated – blamed on a decrease in maintenance from the Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales.
Chris Ruane, MP for the Vale of Clwyd, said: “Areas of the Cut has been a source of complaints from residents for many years now, and I have repeatedly raised this with the Environment Agency Wales and Natural Resources Wales. This is not helped by some people who seem to think it should be a dumping ground for household rubbish.
“I can remember growing up in Rhyl and the Rhyl Cut was a wildlife haven with various amphibians, fish and birds to be spotted and we should be looking to return it to that – it also acts as a natural watercourse which can help prevent flooding.”
Around £170,000 was spent to create a new Community Green Open Space on the Rhydwen Close part of the Cut, which consists of an access route for walkers and cyclists, and a community fishery.
Residents say the Redwood Drive site has now become vastly overgrown in places, and also has stagnant water which causes an unpleasant smell.
A Natural Resources Wales spokesperson, said: “Our annual maintenance work on the Cut is currently programmed to start in October. Our priorities are based on the assessment of flood risk to people and property.
“We have inspected the area in question and have noted the heavy growth of vegetation in the channel, and . We will therefore monitor the level of flood risk and review our programme if necessary.”