North East Wales

Council continues search for bonfire site in Deeside

Flintshire council says it will keep talking to North Wales Fire and Rescue Service to ensure an annual bonfire display stays in Deeside.

The fire service's annual charity event cannot be held at Deeside Leisure Centre because of work being done to replace five-a-side football pitches.

A meeting was held after calls to keep the event at its usual location.

The council agreed to work to "ensure that the 2010 bonfire and firework display will continue in Deeside".

A resolution was passed following the special meeting on Tuesday, which said: "In the interest of public safety, this council will liaise with the North Wales Fire Service to ensure that the 2010 Bonfire and Firework Display will continue in Deeside."

The service traditionally organises the event, which last year raised £3,500 for local charities.

A spokeswoman said plans were under way to hold it at Wepre Park in Connah's Quay.

She said the display would include a bonfire only, without the usual fireworks, to "minimise disruption".

Councillor Aaron Shotton had called for the meeting because he does not believe the works at Deeside Leisure Centre pose a risk to the public.

He said: "It's a large area and it seems very unlikely that the work that's going on there would affect the area where they've held the bonfire for the last 42 years."

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