REPRESENTATIVES of the 18 steel producing areas of Britain have called on the Welsh Assembly and the Welsh Development Agency to push for action over delays in reclaiming Brymbo's former steel-works site.
Concerned that so little has been done on the £20m transformation of the site into a housing and industrial complex, representatives, acting together as SteelAction, have written to both bodies demanding action.
The group descended on Brymbo last month for a meeting to attempt to push forward the development.
Since then, the group has written to Roger Jones, chairman of the Welsh Development Agency (WDA) and Andrew Davies AM, the Assembly's Minister for Economic Development and Transport urging action on the restoration of the site which has been derelict for the past 14 years.
Councillor Roger Stone, of Roth-erham Council, who chairs SteelAction, asked Roger Jones to ensure the WDA makes available a Land Reclamation Grant which will be needed to ensure the success of the reclamation programme.
Cllr Stone wrote: 'We urge the WDA to consider the matter favourably and expeditiously. The redevelopment of the site is long over-due. The WDA has a good record of helping communities in Wales following catastrophic plant closures and we would not wish Brymbo to be an exception to that rule.'
To Andrew Davies AM, Cllr Stone wrote: 'The site master plan provides for a new spine road which will be partly funded by the developers, Brymbo Developments Ltd. The remaining northern section of the spine road, however, will require separate funding which we understand will be the subject of a future Transport Grant Appeal.'
Cllr Stone urged Andrew Davies to give favourable consideration to the application for the Transport Grant when it's submitted.
He said: 'I cannot over-emphasise the importance of this developmentto the people of Brymbo, and we very much hope the Welsh Assembly's assistance will be forthcoming in order that a 14-year legacy of dereliction and decline can be removed once and for all.'
Councillor Stone added: 'We need the goodwill of everyone, but in particular of the WDA and Assembly to end the dereliction and the plight of the people of Brymbo.'
'Brymbo is one of the few remaining steelworks sites in the UK which has yet to be reclaimed. Since the plant closed the village of Brymbo has fallen into decline. Once development is under way it will help to renew th community and the surrounding areas.'
In its heyday, Brymbo steelworks employed more than 2,500 people and was the last steel-making plant in North Wales when it closed in 1990.