Award-win­ning brew­ery re­veals plans for ex­pan­sion

Plans re­vealed to build UK first eco park at tip

Cynon Valley - - YOUR VIEWS - TOM HOUGHTON tom.houghton@waleson­

AN AWARD-WIN­NING Cynon Val­ley brew­ing com­pany will soon ex­pand, it has been re­vealed.

Grey Trees Brew­ery has “ex­cit­ing” plans for ex­pan­sion af­ter its Amer­i­can hopped Afghan Pale Ale won the gold medal in SIBA’s Wales and West In­de­pen­dent Beer Awards as well as the top prize in the Strong Bit­ters cat­e­gory at the Great Bri­tish Beer Fes­ti­val.

Owned by hus­band and wife team Ray and Tracey Davies at their Gas­works Road site in Abera­man, the brew­ery spe­cialises in craft ales us­ing the finest hops and malts from across the globe.

And al­though the cou­ple could not re­veal more de­tails of their plans to ex­pand un­til the new year, they said they were “very ex­cited”.

An­drew RT Davies, South Wales Cen­tral As­sem­bly Mem­ber, has been singing the firm’s praises.

Mr Davies said: “It was a plea­sure to visit Grey Trees Brew­ery – and hear of the ex­cit­ing plans Ray and Tracey have to ex­pand the busi­ness. Their brand cel­e­brates the her­itage of Abera­man and the Cynon Val­ley – and it’s great to see them go­ing from strength to strength.

“Be­ing from a farm­ing back­ground – I can say with con­fi­dence that the hops and malts they use are of the high­est qual­ity – and that will match their beers.

“They have al­ready won the SIBA Gold Medal – and I have no doubts there is more suc­cess to fol­low.

“I’d like to wish them the very best for the fu­ture – and I’d def­i­nitely rec­om­mend Grey Trees’ prod­ucts in the run up to Christ­mas.” A FIRST of its kind eco park is set to be built at a Cynon Val­ley tip.

The “ground-break­ing” con­cept will be based at the Bryn Pica Waste Man­age­ment site.

The waste pro­duced on site – in­clud­ing heat and elec­tri­cal en­ergy – will be reused and turned into a re­source.

The plans were an­nounced on Mon­day by Rhondda Cynon Taf coun­cil.

Ac­cord­ing to the coun­cil, the first phase of de­vel­op­ment will see the in­no­va­tive, eco-friendly firms move into five in­dus­trial units on site.

These units will be heated and cooled us­ing large vol­umes of sur­plus waste heat pro­duced at a sus­tain­able en­ergy plant al­ready on site.

The coun­cil is now in dis­cus­sion with po­ten­tial ten­ants to op­er­ate full­time from the new park.

The au­thor­ity says that po­ten­tial ten­ants in­clude one which col­lects used paint and pro­duces a new prod­uct with the re­cy­cled in­gre­di­ents.

An­other finds so­lu­tions to re­cy­cling mat­tress tex­tiles.

Phase two would see plans for a fur­ther three hectares of land at Bryn Pica.

It is hoped var­i­ous re­cy­cling com­pa­nies will move to the site which will see the fa­cil­ity adopt a “cir­cu­lar econ­omy”.

A public con­sul­ta­tion be­gan this week.

Coun­cil­lor Robert Be­van, the coun­cil’s cab­i­net mem­ber for en­ter­prise, de­vel­op­ment and hous­ing, said: “The eco park will also cre­ate com­mer­cial op­por­tu­ni­ties and job cre­ation in the Cynon Val­ley Gate­way, En­er­gis­ing the Re­gion – one of the coun­cil’s key strate­gic op­por­tu­nity ar­eas.

“This im­por­tant lo­ca­tion builds on the £1bn pri­vate sec­tor in­vest­ment in lo­cal en­ergy projects and, work­ing with part­ners across the pri­vate and public sec­tors, there is po­ten­tial for sig­nif­i­cant job cre­ation.”

Coun­cil­lor Ann Crim­mings, cab­i­net mem­ber for en­vi­ron­ment and leisure, added: “The am­bi­tious plans for the de­vel­op­ment of an eco park at Bryn Pica come at a time when ev­ery­day re­cy­cling is at an all-time high in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

“Re­cy­cling more, and find­ing new ways to re­cy­cle, con­tin­ues to be a pri­or­ity for this coun­cil – and the ex­cit­ing self-sus­tain­able eco park pro­posed for Bryn Pica would not only be the first of its kind in Wales, but the whole of the UK.”

Grey Trees Brew­ery will ex­pand next year

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the eco park

An­drew RT Davies dis­cusses Grey Trees’ ales with owner Ray Davies

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