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Giant incinerator scheme stirs up emotions

Published date: 10 March 2014 |
Published by: David Humphreys
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RENEWED anger has been expressed by community leaders over the incinerator proposed for their area.

Members of Connah’s Quay Town Council have once again hit out at plans for a giant incinerator to be installed on Deeside Industrial Estate.

Councillors have suggested that the now single contractor in line to operate the proposed incinerator may not be the best choice or offer value for money.

Speaking after a town council meeting, Cllr Ron Hill said: “I think it absolutely stinks that such an important issue as this will be done without the consultation of people from Connah’s Quay.

“Three contractors applied, two withdrew and they’ve started working with the remaining candidate. How do we know they’re the best people for it?

“There should be a public inquiry into this, the way the thing is fuelled could produce carcinogenic fumes.

“It’s such an emotive issue and it absolutely stinks.”

The incinerator – dubbed the Deeside burner – would burn 150,000 tonnes of waste a year from across North Wales, creating energy from waste.

If approved, the incinerator is expected to be functional by 2018.

Calls have been made in the past to scrap the plan, after just one bidder – Wheelabrator Technologies Inc (WTI) – was left in the running.

But the joint committee of the North Wales Residual Waste Treatment Project (NWRWTP) decided to proceed regardless.

At a meeting of Flintshire Council’s environment overview and scrutiny committee in February, authority bosses rejected criticisms of the plans.

Chief executive Colin Everett told  members the NWRWTP agreement would bring a fund of £180,000 which would be used towards community and educational projects under the themes of energy, climate change and environment in Deeside.

Connah’s Quay Wepre councillor Peter Tinman offered a strong rebuke. He said: “I’m totally astounded how we can be lumbered with this when no Connah’s Quay or Shotton councillors actually voted for it.

“If we don’t want it, we shouldn’t have it and now we’re faced with the situation whereby if we don’t want it, it’s going to cost Flintshire Council £26m.

“I don’t want this anywhere near Connah’s Quay. It’s disgusting that we have to put up with this.”

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