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Deeside waste plant consultation a success

LEADERS of a controversial project which could see a waste-burning facility built in Deeside say a public consultation was a success.

The £142m North Wales Residual Waste Treatment Project (NWRWTP) – expected to be built on Deeside Industrial Park – will deal with rubbish which cannot be recycled or composted from Flintshire, Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire and Gwynedd.

Project bosses say they were pleased with the response from Flintshire residents who shared their views online and during drop-in sessions held at Village St David’s hotel in Ewloe.

NWRWTP manager Steffan Owen told the Chronicle: “The drop-in sessions were a particular success. It was really important for us to speak to people and for them to raise any concerns. I think they worked well as they were informal and people could spend as much or as little time talking to us as they wanted. We hope to hold more in the future.”

Project bosses are now going through the results of the consultation and say they should be able to report back to Flintshire residents early in November.

Mr Owen said there were still “private discussions” taking place but keeping residents up to date with plans was a key priority.

“We will tell the public as soon as possible. The next couple of months will be important for us when deciding how to go forward.”

Residents will have more chances to make their views heard as the project progresses.

“It’s still early days and it will be a long time before decisions are made. This will not be the last chance for people to have a say. There will be more discussions.”

The project has been met with anger by community leaders, who have vowed to fight against any waste-burning facility being built in Deeside.

Three waste management companies have been shortlisted for the lucrative contract and will soon submit detailed bids for evaluation.

It is thought the preferred bidder will be appointed by 2013.