Paper straws firm jobs boost welcomed at ‘white elephant’ building


Plaid Cymru group leader Colin Mann has welcomed news that a council-owned building at the Dyffryn Business Park in Caerphilly has been leased to a company making biodegradable straws.

But the Caerphilly county councillor says the announcement ends the 13-year saga of the ‘white elephant’ Ty Dyffryn unit.

Councillor Colin Mann said: “It’s great news for the local economy that Transcend Packaging is coming to the area making a sustainable product. with 100 jobs initially and 200 jobs by 2021.

“However, we cannot ignore the background to this building. Ty Dyffryn was bought in 2005 by the then Labour administrative for £5.2m.

It was frankly a reckless waste of public money, as the suitability of the building was not properly checked out for the proposed waste process and treatment use prior to the purchase being made.

“Then the council began an effort to attract good quality jobs to Ty Dyffryn without success and it became a white elephant, hardly used over a 13 year period.”