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Recycling centre in Wrexham will kill off butterfly species

Plans for a controversial £17 million recycling centre in Wrexham have been given the go ahead despite huge criticism from wildlife enthusiasts. A planning application put forward by the Waste Recycling Group (WRG) was approved by Wrexham County Borough Council at a meeting on Monday. The recycling centre will be built at Bryn Lane on the Wrexham industrial estate. The waste company aims to reduce reliance on landfill and to help the council meet its 2010 recycling targets. Butterfly Conservation Wales senior conservation officer Russell Hobson said: Our concern is that the proposed development on the industrial estate might affect two endangered species of butterfly the Dingy Skipper and the Grizzled Skipper. This site is ranked as one of the largest centres for the populations of both butterflies. We do not know what the impact will be on its large population. In Wales in the last 20 years, the Grizzled Skipper has declined by 62% and the Dingy Skipper by 49%. A WRG spokeswoman said that three hectares of land would be set aside for mitigation: We have been liaising closely with Countryside Commission for Wales (CCW) as statutory consultee to minimise the impact on the butterfly habitat. A detailed mitigation plan has been agreed which includes some habitat relocation. Hobson said that the land opposite the site could have easily been used for development, instead of the one in question. Recycling is part of the sustainability agenda there never needed to be a conflict between the recycling objective and the wildlife that were present on the site.

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