Deeside waste plant 'will have gigantic consequences for Flintshire'


David Humphreys

A PROPOSED £800 million waste treatment plant represents a “project of gigantic consequence” for Flintshire, according to a former councillor.

Former Mostyn representative Patrick Heesom has accused the current leadership of Flintshire Council of playing a “blame game” against former authority leaders as to how Flintshire Council became part of the North Wales Residual Waste Treatment (NWRWT) project.

American company Wheelabrator Technologies Inc (WTI) will submit a planning application to build a waste incinerator in the coming weeks.

The proposed plant, which would be built on a former steelworks site on Deeside Industrial Park, would burn up to 200,000 tonnes of waste a year.

Mr Heesom said: “This is a project of gigantic consequence for Flintshire residents.

“It is so massive in its consequences that all those involved should stop any further progress and seek a judicial review of the process.

“Concern about this massive scheme has to be listened to because rumours now are that some of the advisors or project managers have now been signed off.

“If this is true, it does nothing to reassure residents about the position.”

Mr Heesom, who was banned from being a councillor and serving public office last July, accused the current Flintshire Council administration of declaring that the authority's previous leadership was at fault for Flintshire being included in the five council plan.

Council leader Cllr Aaron Shotton previously said it could cost Flintshire Council as much as £71 million

The incinerator would burn non-recyclable waste from Flintshire, Denbighshire, Gwynedd, Conwy and Anglesey over the next 25 years.

Mr Heesom added: “The present council leadership also appears to be playing a blame game, trying to argue that this travesty of local government is the fault of the previous administration.

“That has some truth, but is the present administration actually now admitting that when it came to power well over two years ago, it was too impotent or blind to see the writing on the wall?”

No one from Flintshire Council was available for comment.

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