AN ASSEMBLY Member is 'delighted' to hear his local town has been shortlisted host an offsite construction centre.

Heathrow Airport recently announced the locations of the 18 shortlisted sited that are in the running to host an offsite construction centre.

Tata Steel in Shotton is one of only two in Wales to have been selected, with the other being in Cardiff.

Jack Sargeant, AM for Alyn and Deeside, has gathered cross-party support and sent a letter to Heathrow following the announcement.

He said: "I am writing following the excellent news that TATA Shotton is amongst a list of 18 potential sites where a Logistics Hub could be located.

"As you will be aware, I have previously voiced my strong support for this potential development and wish to do so again.

"Shotton in particular has the ability to respond to the needs of the programme, particularly with its world-class construction and manufacturing sectors nearby. The workforce around the proposed site is passionate, experienced and highly skilled - another clear benefit to the Hub.

"A Logistics Hub based at TATA Shotton could be a transformational project for North Wales. It would leave lasting benefits to the people and businesses of Wales, creating jobs and supply chain opportunities and also leaving a skills legacy for future generations.

"I am very pleased that this letter has received the support of fellow North Wales backbench colleagues in the Assembly."

All 18 sites will go head to head to compete for the final four which will bring jobs and economic opportunities.

Heathrow aims to construct as much of the £16bn airport expansion project offsite as possible.

Mr Sargeant added: "I am delighted that TATA Shotton’s site has been shortlisted as one of 18 sites across the UK. A fantastic opportunity to showcase the skills and infrastructure on offer in North East Wales."