Deeside recycling centre plans under fire

Published date: 22 January 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A COMMUNITY leader has branded plans for a Deeside recycling centre as “unacceptable”.

County councillors met Flintshire Council’s director of environment Carl Longland to run the rule over the site of a proposed new amenities centre in Sandycroft.

But Saltney councillor Veronica Gay said the new proposals were a downgraded version of initial plans, expressing her view the latest proposals are not good enough.

Speaking at a meeting of Saltney Town Council, she said: “I am extremely concerned that what was agreed in 2009 didn’t happen.”

Cllr Gay said the new plan, which would see those using the site accessing containers to dispose of waste up flights of steps, was “totally unacceptable”.

Cllr Gay said in the present day anything new should be compliant with disability legislation and it was unacceptable to expect residents to carry items up stairs with their arms full.

“If you’re carrying something up, you can’t use rails,” she said. “It’s a health and safety issue.”

She added: “We’ve got eight sites across Flintshire, but we haven’t got anything decent at this end. This new amenity site will take over from Saltney and Queensferry and will have to cover Broughton too.”

She added with hundreds of houses due to be built in Broughton, the reduced size of the new site was a particular concern.

Flintshire’s head of streetscene, Steve Jones, said the council was planning the new household waste recycling facility in Sandycroft to replace those currently located in Queensferry and Saltney.

“The scheme will be funded by Welsh Government grants, which have been used to purchase the land, and from council prudential borrowing for the construction,” he said. “None of the available grant has been expended elsewhere.”

He said the facility would have a modern design and be of a size sufficient to meet local demand.

“The council is exploring options to reduce the need for steps to ensure the facilities are accessible to all users," he added.

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