A COMPANY has moved to allay residents’ fears that stacks of paper and plastic piled up behind its premises are a danger to public safety.
Shotton councillors have voiced concerns that the material stacked behind the Paperback Collection and Recycling site on Deeside Industrial Park could prove to be a fire risk.
Town councillor William Barton said he feared the material could be a fire risk.
Flintshire Council said it is aware of the concerns and is investigating the issues raised.
However, Gordon Anderson, a director at Paperback Collection and Recycling, moved to calm any fears.
He said: “We operate within permit conditions within the local authority.
“We had an inspection as recently as last Thursday and there have been no concerns from National Resources Wales about our operation.
“The material here is deemed to be fit for recycling and has been processed here for some time now.
“We take our permits very seriously and the quantity and storage of materials is subject to very high standards.”
Mr Anderson’s comment came after Cllr Barton said the piles of collected material could pose “a serious fire hazard” if there was ever an incident of vandalism or arson.
“This plant is one kilometre from Garden City and two from Shotton and if an accident or a deliberate fire was to occur the fumes from the waste may spread to these areas,” he said.
“It could lead to damage to properties as well.
“As a councillor and a resident, it worries me, especially with bonfire night not far away.”
Fellow Shotton councillor Elwyn Jones said he saw waste being moved around the plant blown across a public footpath.
He said: “There was a machine tossing the waste around and dust and bits from it were being blown around and on to the nearby footpath.
“It’s really not conducive to public health and I really don’t think they should be doing that near a public walkway.”
Mr Anderson added: “I understand it may appear strange from a distance and I am aware of fires that have occured across the UK and close to Deeside – but this is an industrial estate.”
A Flintshire Council spokesman said: “We are aware of the councillor’s concerns and are investigating the issues he has raised.”