Opinions split on £800m waste burner in Deeside


David Humphreys

PEOPLE living near the site of a proposed £800m waste incinerator have aired  their views on the controversial project.

Feelings were mixed at the first of six public consultation events held to listen to views on the huge development proposed on the former steelworks site at Deeside Industrial Park.

Members of the public attended Coleg Cambria’s Deeside campus to discuss the proposed burner, which would burn waste from five North Wales counties.

If planning consent is granted, the incinerator will burn up to 200,000 tonnes of waste a year, creating energy in the process.

The meeting was the first of six put on by US firm, Wheelbarator Technologies Inc (WTI), the company chosen as the preferred bidder by the North Wales Residual Waste Treatment Project (NWRWTP), which is overseeing the proposed development.

Residents were met by officials from WTI but opinions were sharply divided.

Chris Keenan of Connah’s Quay was strongly opposed to the proposed site – to be known as Parc Adfer.

He said: “I think it’s disgraceful. I don’t see why waste from other counties should be brought to us.

“I’m sure people in Denbighshire wouldn’t want our waste dumped on their doorsteps.

“We’ve already got the monstrosity of the energy convertor in Connah’s Quay over the road and this new place isn’t even going to be a new employer.

“I think it’s very wrong. They should stick it in the Denbigh Moors – well out of the way.”

Leader of Flintshire Council, Cllr Aaron Shotton, Cllr Kevin Jones, cabinet member for public protection, waste and recycling, and Askar Sheibani, CEO of Comtek, were also in attendance at Friday’s consultation event.

Another resident, who did not want to be named, said her concerns surrounded employment.

“I’m not sure what they’re going to do about jobs or providing training for jobs,” the woman said.

“I feel like there’s lots being built but nothing being done about local jobs.

“Now I’ve seen all this, I don’t see transport being a problem and I don’t know enough about pollution.

“If it brings prosperity to the area, I’m all for it – but I’ll hold my breath.”

Cheshire West and Chester councillor Brian Crowe attended as his ward in Saughall backs on to the development.

He said: “I’ve seen a lot of these things before and generally they don’t get built because there’s not enough household waste.

“The process is fine but whether it comes to fruition or not, I don’t know.”

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