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Wednesday, 6 November, 2002, 16:58 GMT
Inquiry ordered into incinerator plan
Wrexham Industrial Estate
The incinerator will be discussed during an inquiry
Plans to build a 25m incinerator in Wrexham, which would handle thousands of tonnes of waste each year, are to be the subject of a public inquiry.

The Welsh Assembly Government have decided to gather evidence from an independent inspector on the views of those for-and-against the scheme.

Wrexham AM John Marek
Wrexham AM John Marek has opposed the scheme

The application was called in for further investigations by Welsh Environment Minister Sue Essex in February.

The inquiry will give people the chance to voice their opinion, however, the future of the project will still be decided by ministers in Cardiff.

The proposal, by the Portuguese-based company HLC, has been criticised by local people who say it could have health implications.

Wrexham AM John Marek has said the local council should stop spending money on the scheme.


It will give people the chance to tell the inspector how they really feel

Chris Pilsbury TCC

"It would be irresponsible of the council to go ahead and waste council tax money, " he said.

"This inquiry could cost hundreds of thousands of pounds.

"I would urge the council to abandon the plan now," he said.

Chris Pilsbury from TCC, a coalition of community groups opposed to the scheme, has welcomed an inquiry.

"It will give people the chance to tell the inspector how they really feel," she said.

Health problems

Hundreds of objection letters and a petition with more than 13,000 signatures objecting to the scheme was sent to Wrexham council in January.

Many people fear the facility, which would be built on the Wrexham Industrial Estate, would have health implications.

The local council has said improvements have to be made for waste collection in the county.

If the incinerator was given the go ahead, the new plant could deal with 120,000 tonnes of waste each year.

The council confirmed they will discuss their views on the matter during a planning committee on Monday.

A spokesman said: "As part of the process, the council needs to determine its views so that it can inform the independent inspector."

The inquiry is expected to take place next year.


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