CAMPAIGNERS are stepping up their efforts as plans to build a waste reception centre in Wrexham move ever closer.
A public meeting has been organised and a doctor has spoken out for a second time on his fears over the scheme.
Dr Robert Lister, 38, a dermatologist at Wrexham Maelor Hospital, last week expressed his concerns about HLC's application to build a pyrolysis and gasification plant in Wrexham. He asked whether a blaze at the plant would release toxic gases into the atmosphere.
Now he and his wife Deborah - a GP - have asked the primary school in Farndon attended by their twin seven-year-old daughters Sarah and Hannah and four-year-old son Thomas for permission to distribute letters to parents highlighting their fears over the proposed plant.
The company behind the application, HLC, says its scheme will be better for the environment than a conventional incinerator as it bakes rather than burns the waste. It is legally classed as an incinerator, however.
'They are trying to sell it as this magical, green alchemy-type facility but at the end of the day it is still incineration,' said Robert Lister.
Critics say the area is being used as a guinea pig as there is only one other similar facility in the country and it is an eighth the size of the one planned for Wrexham.
Kellogg's, which is based 300 metres from the proposed site has hired an independent consultant to examine the application.
'The site is about one-and-a-half miles away from our home and the prevailing wind is in our direction,' said Deborah Lister.
'We are objecting because we worry about the matter coming from the plume - dioxins, furans, particulates, sulphur dioxide, carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases.
'We know some of those will land on the soil and get into the food chain and we are concerned for our children's future.'
The deadline for public objections is Monday, February 21. Formal objections must be sent to chief planning officer, Wrexham County Borough Council, Lambpit Street, Wrexham LL11 1WL.
Wrexham Sustainability Forum is holding a public meeting at NEWI on February 22 with HLC spokeswoman Judith Harper to allow the public to ask questions about the plans.