Former Phurnacite Works, Abercwmboi

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales – in the House of Commons on 26th June 2019.

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Photo of Ann Clwyd Ann Clwyd Labour, Cynon Valley

What recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of redeveloping the former Phurnacite works in Abercwmboi; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Alun Cairns Alun Cairns The Secretary of State for Wales

I pay tribute to the right hon. Lady for the proactive approach she is taking to redeveloping this site, which has been an outstanding issue for decades. I was pleased that we were able to bring together the current owners of the site with her to come up with a positive plan for the future.

Photo of Ann Clwyd Ann Clwyd Labour, Cynon Valley

I thank the Secretary of State for coming to the area and knocking heads together in a way that we have waited for for 30 years. The people of Abercwmboi have lived in dirt and dust on the site of what was the worst industrial polluter in the whole of Britain. I am grateful for the interest he has taken and the way he has managed to knock heads together.

Photo of Alun Cairns Alun Cairns The Secretary of State for Wales

I pay tribute to the right hon. Lady, who has highlighted this issue for some time. I am keen to work closely with her to bring the landowners together and see what plans can be made. The local authority is playing a key part. We need to establish a clear plan of action, and we are well on our way to delivering that.