CONTROVERSIAL plans to turn a tourist site into a behavioural school have been refused and caused outrage at a planning meeting.
Branas Isaf, a behavioural school currently based in Llandrillo, has been refused permission to build a school at The Original Butterfly Man tourist site in Glyndyfrdwy.
A representative from Branas Isaf, Bob Yetzes, angered councillors after he said to the committee and residents at the meeting that if the plans were not passed these children with behavioural problems would go into mainstream schools.
He added: “We are trying to give these children a safe place to live and into a community later.”
At the meeting, deputy leader of the council and lead member for education, Eryl Williams said: “I had no plans in speaking until the gentlemen made the threat that ‘if we don't build the school here I will put the children in your schools’.
“The planning application is to bring children from others areas here. I would ask education officers to challenge this comment.”
Sue Francke spoke at the planning meeting on behalf of the residents, asking councillors to refuse it for fear of crime and village life.
After the meeting Ms Francke said: “It was good to see the very robust reaction by the Denbighshire County Council members and particularly by the lead of education to this threat.
“It was good to see that the committee did the right thing and would not be threatened by a company who boasted of its financial success in the area but completely disregarded its devastating impact upon communities.“
Corwen county councillor Huw Jones called it a “kick in the teeth” to the community that had lost its own primary school.
Veronica Jones, who lives close to the site, said she would move house if the plans were granted as she has two young children.
After the meeting she said: “I was very surprised but once I heard Bob Yetzes speech I was a bit shocked.
“I am really relieved, the residents would like to thank the councillors speaking for us, making our voices heard.
“I hope he (Mr Griffiths, owner of the site) finds another buyer soon.”
Stuart Davies, Llangollen county councillor, said: “For these companies to come here and threaten us by saying he will put these children in schools with our children and saying how much they have provided us, they are here for only one thing, to make money for their company.”