DOZENS of jobs could be created at a cement plant if a proposed extension is given the green light.
Up to 35 new positions could be established at Hanson Cement in Padeswood if a planning application to expand its current site gets planning approval.
The company has submitted an application to Flintshire Council to extend its existing packing plant building, which would involve the demolition of part of a building currently in use and the construction of a new replacement building at the Chester Road site in Padeswood.
Hanson Cement spokesman David Weeks said the company’s desire to create jobs reflected it had “turned the corner” after the years of financial woe since the financial crash of 2007-8.
He said: “The last six to seven years have been terrible, demand has been down and people haven’t been building.
“However, house building is up, commercial construction is up and we have finally turned the corner.
“We’ll be stepping up production to meet demand.”
Mr Weeks confirmed that, should the proposed development receive ratification from Flintshire Council’s planning committee, up to 35 jobs would be created within six to 12 months.
He expected the site to be operational by November.
“It’s great news for the site after numerous cutbacks and reductions. We’ve lost a lot of people over the last few years and it’s good to be in a position to recruit and create new jobs,” he added.
Buckley councillor Ron Hampson said he was pleased Hanson Cement had committed to Padeswood.
He said: “It’s very good to see the plant remain committed to Buckley. The news is very good and altogether 35 jobs is a considerable amount in this day and age.
“Let’s hope they can go from strength to strength.”
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