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Right idea wrong location for plant.

Byline: Steve Bagnall

PLANS for a controversial recycling plant at a North Wales beauty spot are set to be thrown out for a second time.

Amended proposals for the facility at Alyn Waters Country Park are still causing Wrexham Council planners serious health and environmental concerns.

The facility would deal with hundreds of thousands of tonnes of waste, including up to 2,000 tonnes of hazardous material, every year.

It would be built by the River Alyn in the middle of Gwersyllt, Sydallt, Caergwrle, Bradley, Cefn y Bedd and Llay.

The council and local protesters say the plant is the right idea, but in the wrong place.

Bob Dewey, planning control manager, said: "The Environmental Statement does not consider the consequences which might result from accidental discharge of substances to air, soil and water.'' Paddock House, the company behind the scheme, insists it is safe, with minimal impact on the environment.

It would create up to 50 jobs and recycle a range of materials from industrial waste, acids, oil and fuel, to tyres, plastics and metal.

The Welsh Assembly has set tough targets to meet new waste disposal and recycling standards over the coming years.

Wrexham Council recognises the need to address the waste issue, but says Paddock House should look elsewhere.

Mr Dewey said: The facility would have sufficient capacity to make a significant contribution to future waste management over at least the next 10 years.

"However capacity is not the major criterion for determination of acceptability."

He has recommended refusal.

Alyn Waters Action Group has fought the proposals and also want it located somewhere else.

They fear if the plans are approved, drinking water from River Alyn Waters could become contaminated.

The plans will be discussed by councillors on Monday.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 5, 2002
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