Flintshire 'has enough waste disposal sites'


Owen Evans

FLINTSHIRE already has its fair share of waste disposal sites, a politician has claimed.

Alyn and Deeside MP Mark Tami made the comments as he slammed plans for a landfill site in Buckley.

The MP said plans for a massive burner in Deeside were already in place, and said the county should be looking to take on more recycling projects rather than creating waste sites.

He said: “Not only is there this proposal for a landfill site in Buckley but there is also a proposal for an incinerator in Connah’s Quay, which I oppose.

“Rather than throwing waste into a hole or burning it, we should be recycling as much as possible and not go for this outdated option.”

Mr Tami also raised concerns about the amount of traffic that would go through the area if the landfill site was built as there would be an increase in the number of heavy vehicles coming to the site delivering waste and he has called on Flintshire County Council to reject this proposal.

Last week, Buckley councillor Carol Ellis labelled the town as the county’s “dumping ground” after plans for the 1.7 million cubic metre landfill site were resubmitted.

Last year, the Planning Inspectorate for Wales dismissed Brock’s appeal over a previous rejection.

Cllr Ellis said: “We have had landfill here in Buckley for years and years.

“It is used as a dumping ground for Flintshire’s waste. We are always under threat of new landfill sites and it puts constant pressure on the community – it is mad.”

Birkenhead-based Brock’s proposed site would house a mixed waste treatment facility, a facility to recycle builders’ waste materials, a contaminated soils treatment facility, as well as the landfill site itself.

Cllr Ellis said Buckley had been “blighted” by the Etna, Brook Hill and Standard sites over recent years.

A development on a fourth site at Parry’s Quarry, also on Pinfold Lane, is still pending after planning permission, which was granted in 2009, elapsed.

The company is understood to be pursuing an environmental licence which would extend the time the site could be used for landfill.

Plans for an £800million ‘Deeside burner’ incinerator has also been the subject of much controversy.

People in Deeside have voiced fears about the noise and health effects of the project, which would burn up to 200,000 tonnes of waste per year.

Flintshire Council’s Labour-led administration has expressed opposition to the plans, but said its hands were tied, with council leader Aaron Shotton stating that pulling out of the scheme could cost the council £71m.

Bosses from American firm Wheelabrator Technologies Inc have confirmed they will put in plans for the site by the end of the month.

Brock could not be contacted for comment.

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