North East Wales

Denbighshire police firearms centre decision reversed

A decision not to allow North Wales Police to hire out its firearms training centre to gun clubs and government organisations has been reversed.

Denbighshire councillors previously rejected the application for the range at Craig Y Ddywart quarry at Rhewl.

The decision was based on concerns about site supervision and gun crime.

Councillors agreed it could result in a cost award if its reasons for refusal were found invalid on appeal.

North Wales Police had urged the councillors to reconsider the matter.

A report by officers to the planning committee said: "In defending any appeal against a refusal, it would be necessary to provide a clear evidence that there is a reasonable likelihood of there being an increase in crime in the locality or nationally as a result of the grant of the variation.

"Officers do not consider that there is such evidence to support a refusal."

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