WELSH Assembly Government bosses have come under fire after it emerged the ongoing redevelopment of the former Brymbo Steelworks had stalled.
A total of 470 houses have been built on the former site near Wrexham as part of a multi-million pound redevelopment.
But a vital link road into the site from Tanyfron which would encourage businesses and light industry to start up, creating up to 1,000 jobs, has been on hold for two years.
Brymbo councillor Paul Rogers has called on Deputy First Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones to sort the matter out.
But he was told there was no “compelling need”, either economically or in relation to transportation, which would justify bringing the overall scheme forward.
Cllr Rogers said: “Essentially the link road was delayed due to the fall out of the housing market and the developers are now seeking ways forward with the local authority to facilitate the construction of the link road.
“Wrexham council does see the ongoing development on site a priority to encourage small businesses, starter units both for commercial and light industrial use, and investment in the heritage to encourage the regeneration of the wider community.
“This is one of few former steelworks which have not been redeveloped creating employment in the UK and it has nearly been 20 years. There is a local perception of a North-South divide.
“We were promised up to 1,000 jobs on site. There is call for local jobs in their own communities.”
Cllr Rogers claimed even though Mr Jones had visited the Brymbo area twice in the last six months he has refused to meet him or community representatives to discuss local concerns.
A Welsh Assembly Government spokesman said: “The Deputy First Minister has provided two responses to Cllr Paul Rogers in writing regarding the former Brymbo steelworks and related road links.
“He would be happy to meet Cllr Rogers to discuss this matter at a time that is mutually convenient.”