Deeside Co-Incinerating Energy from Waste Plant

In the article on page 5 of Flintshire Leader newspaper dated 17th October, 2014, relating to the looming Deeside Co-Incinerator, or EfW Plant, both Cllr Aaron Shotton, the Labour leader of Flintshire County Council and the local Labour MP, Mark Tami, are, once again, at pains to blame the "previous administration" for the appearance of the plant, claiming, falsely, that it was the administration that I had the privilege of leading, between 2008 and 2012, that signed off the deal under circumstances that allowed no get-out.


That line is, for both of them, convenient political rhetoric, but it is far from reality.


In fact and in essence, it is the fault of Labour Party Policy, in both Westminster and Cardiff locations, which has promoted "Energy from Waste" ever since the late 1990s and caused the proliferation of co-incinerating EfW and Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Plants, throughout the UK ever since then. In the Deeside case, the true facts are that as far back as 2006 the then Labour controlled administration, under guidance/pressure from the Labour controlled Wales Government agreed to engage in an "informal" consultation process, involving all counties in North Wales, for the purpose of solving the foreseeable municipal residual waste disposal problem. All very laudable and necessary. Elected representatives from the engaging counties at that time included Flintshire's Kevin Jones and Bernie Attridge, both currently cabinet members, who attended assorted meetings as they continued. That was in keeping with the Labour administration's 2007 paper, "Flintshire County Council's Municipal Waste Management Strategy, Version 2" in which Energy from Waste technologies are advocated and which contains the phrase, "...and to produce a document that is in line with current guidance from WAG."


By 2010, the WAG was demanding a more formal agreement between the counties involved in those exploratory discussions. That was discussed at full council on 9th March, 2010, when the resolution, not challenged by the then Labour opposition, simply read, "That members confirm support for the NWRWTP regional partnership as the option most likely to deliver best value for money for the council in the future." That inter-authority agreement was signed off by the county chairman and a legal office in June of 2010.


However, as the process went on, what had started off as an open-ended discussion on method, with potential sites on Anglesy and on Deeside, with options for interested companies to offer other sites of their own choosing, was soon firmly closed down on by the Labour controlled Wales Government, which disposed of the Anglesy site and made it very clear that the project's essential support funding from them would only apply to an Energy from Waste solution, which, unfortunately, is what the county is very likely to end up with, in the same way the county ended up with the present co-incinerating cement works at Padeswood, way back in 2002, under a previous Labour controlled county council.


The financial deal for the plant was signed off in December of 2016 and work on the site commenced in January of this year, 2017. The Green Investment Bank (GIB), the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Siemens Bank and Natixis, with Barclays providing an equity bridging loan, have all committed funding to this £180Million EfW plant project on the Deeside Industrial Park in Flintshire.


Once completed and up and running, or should that be “burning”? the plant, at Wheelabrator Technology’s Parc Adfer facility, will accept up to 200,000 tonnes per year of non-recyclable household, commercial and industrial waste. That residual waste will be brought in to the plant from the five local authorities that make up the North Wales Residual Waste Treatment Plant project: Conwy CBC, Denbighshire CC, Flintshire CC, Gwyneth Council and the Isle of Anglesey County Council.

While Wheelabrator’s CEO, Robert Boucher has waxed lyrical about getting through six years of hard negotiations and shortly being able to welcome the company’s third UK EfW facility to its global network, environmentalist point out that no matter how it is named, packaged and promoted, the Deeside plant will still be a “Co-Incinerator” under EU rules and definitions and will do absolutely nothing to reduce the amount of residual waste produced by homes and commercial and industrial activities throughout North Wales.

G M Crops

With Government now clearly acting as the lead public relations agency for the USA GM industry, led by Monsanto, it is time that ordinary people had some counter information available. Here and here are links to an article on GM crops.


Anti Flouridation Network

Industry world-wide has a remarkable ability for getting the cost of disposing of their wastes taken up by the public purse.  In this case, the public actually pays for a non medical quality waste to be bought on their behalf and dumped into their water supply.  It really does beggar belief. Take a look at this link here which will take you to a video about Fluoridation of qater supplies on the Fluoride Action Network website.

The Story of Stuff

From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It'll teach you something, it'll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.

Click here to see the movie.


back to top


Home | News | Biography | Independant Alliance | News | Contact Arnold Woolley | Site Map | Local Affairs | Useful Links