Delyn MP Rob Roberts was pleased to accept an invite from the Rhydymwyn Valley Historic Society to visit the historically significant site.
Rob was given a detailed presentation about the history of the former Mustard Gas munitions factory followed by a guided tour of the site including the vast tunnels it houses.
He talked with the Chairman of the Society, Colin Barber, and other members of the group hearing about how the recent pandemic has affected the 86-acre site and what their plans are for the future.
Following the visit, Rob said:
“I have heard about the Rhydymwyn Tunnels but I really didn’t know much about the site prior to my visit.
“The unique site currently managed by DEFRA is a great asset to Delyn and the wider Flintshire area. It played a huge part in the 2nd World War effort, and locally was a huge employer with over 2,200 people working there. The tunnels and the so called “Danger Area” are a Scheduled Ancient Monument and the site includes Building 45 - the only building still in existence in the world that was involved in the development of the atomic bomb.
“Of-course the site has a dark past and we should be respectful of that, but we can use the site to learn from and it’s now a heaven for wildlife. I certainly look forward to future visits and I will be supporting the society and other people who use the valley to make sure the site gets the respect, recognition and investment it rightly deserves.
“If you haven’t been before it’s definitely worth a visit”
The site is open to members and visitors and the Rhydymwyn History Society run regular guided tunnel tours on certain days throughout the year. The society also welcome visits from local schools. For more information, please go to rhydymwynvalleyhistory.co.uk