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Quarry back from dead to aid new road; Brick work to be reopened as part of the PS65m Bontnewydd bypass.

Byline: BEN BUTLER Daily Post Reporter ben.butler1@trinitymirror.com

AN ABANDONED brick quarry in Caernarfon could be re-opened as part of a PS65m road project.

Ruthin firm Jones Bros want to create a base for its workers at the old Seiont Brickworks Quarry while it builds the Caernarfon to Bontnewydd bypass.

And the company says it could also start extracting aggregate from the quarry for use in the route's construction.

The business, who have been awarded the contract to build the bypass, have submitted plans to create a temporary compound and operations plant on the site which used to be home to the Hanson brickworks factory before it stopped production in 2008.

The buildings would house staff involved in the bypass project, while there would also be a car park and storage area for materials.

Also included in the plan are proposals to re-start work at the existing Seiont Quarry if the proposed bypass design is approved.

|The site used to be owned by manufacturer Hanson before it stopped production and "mothballed" the facility in 2008, a move which brought an end to a history of brick making in the town dating back to the early 1800s.

A spokesperson for Jones Bros said: "We have secured approval for a small temporary site for the public liaison officer to be based during the development of the proposed A487 Caernarfon and Bontnewydd Bypass.

"We have also submitted a scoping request to the planning authority to establish a secure temporary site compound and investigate the possibility of recommencing work at the Seiont Quarry if the proposed bypass' design is approved.

Seiont quarry "Recommencing work at the quarry could potentially provide aggregate for use on the Caernarfon and Bontnewydd Bypass development, by reducing haulage traffic on the local road network."

Despite the quarry closing in 2008, there is still planning permission to extract brick clay from the site until 2042.

A separate application to build a small temporary building where a public liaison officer will be based while the bypass is being built has already been approved by Gwynedd Council.

The site is currently owned by Hanson but will soon become the property of Jones Bros.

Once finished, the 9.8km Caernarfon to Bontnewydd bypass will begin at the A499/A487 Goat roundabout and end at the existing Plas Menai roundabout.

It will form a western bypass to Llanwnda, Dinas and Bontnewydd, before crossing the existing A487 to pass south of Caernarfon quarry and over the River Seiont. The new route will join with the A4086.

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