CAMPAIGNERS say a proposed incinerator would be a “massive furnace” rather than the “log burner” they were led to expect.
Residents and community leaders have expressed fears over a plan to build a combined heat and power biomass plant on Dock Road, Mostyn.
The proposal to replace existing steam generating gas-fired boilers at chemical manufacturer Warwick International has been recommended for approval by Flintshire Council’s planning and development committee members who meet today to discuss the plans.
Campaign group Residents Against the Incinerator (RAIN) spokesman and Mostyn community councillor David Roney described the plans as “sinister”.
He said when Warwick Chemicals presented their plans to councillors months ago, they said the incinerator would be “like the woodburners you have at home”.
“That sounded okay,” said Cllr Roney. “They really talked it down and made it sound innocuous.”
But when they read the details, people were shocked at the scale of the plans, the councillor added.
“There’ll be 11 massive lorries bringing wood in 24 hours a day, every day, seven days a week.
“That’s not a log burner. It’s a massive furnace.”
Cllr Roney said the community council was also unimpressed by the council’s view that the wind would blow pollution away from homes.
Flintshire planning officer Hannah Parish told Cllr Roney: “The modelling undertaken as part of the application shows much of the emissions would move to the north and dissipate before reaching the Wirral and therefore, harmful emissions would not travel towards the south in the direction of Wirral View.”
“The wind won’t always blow towards the Wirral,” said Cllr Roney. “And the incinerator would be right on top of the houses.
“The top of the chimney would be level with the houses on Wirral View.”
Cllr Roney, who will be speaking against the plans on behalf of the community council at today’s meeting, also claimed Flintshire Council was rushing the plans through.
With no county council member for Mostyn following the disqualification of former councillor Patrick Heesom, the community council requested the planning application be considered at a later date.
County members are allocated a five-minute slot at planning hearings, compared to the three minutes allocated to others.
With the Mostyn by-election being held in a week’s time, Cllr Roney said the hope had been to postpone the hearing until a new member had been elected, or to allow Cllr Roney the full five minute slot.
Both requests were refused.
“They want to rush it through,” he said. “Why won’t they give the community council five minutes?”
Cllr Roney said petitions with more than 400 signatures, organised by Peter Gibbons of Mostyn Post Office, Mostyn Tenants and Residents Association chairman Eddie Jones and the community council, would be presented to the council.
Warwick Chemicals and Flintshire Council were approached by the Leader but did not wish to comment.