Last chance to submit views on Hanson Cement factory

Hanson cement works at Padeswood, Flintshire Hanson has said there are no health risks at the plant

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A team investigating public health concerns over a Flintshire cement plant is inviting the final views of local residents.

Public Health Wales is investigating after the communities around the Hanson Cement works in Padeswood raised fears the site might be linked to cancer.

Sessions will be held at Buckley Library on Monday and at Pen-y-Ffordd War Memorial Institute on Tuesday.

Hanson has always said there are no health risks, but welcomed the study.

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The team can carry out their investigations in confidence that we have built up a comprehensive picture of the public health concerns of the local community”

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Health Minister Edwina Hart ordered the investigation into residents' concerns earlier this year after some people claimed there was an "increase in the cases of various cancers" in the areas surrounding the plant.

Experts from Public Health Wales, which also included Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, the Health Protection Agency, Environment Agency Wales, the Food Standards Agency and Flintshire County Council have met members of the public several times.

A newsletter detailing the investigation's progress has been sent to more than 19,000 homes in the surrounding areas.

Any concerns must be submitted by next Friday.

Andrew Jones, executive director of public health for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said: "This has given local residents almost six months to submit their concerns to us, meaning that the team can carry out their investigations in confidence that we have built up a comprehensive picture of the public health concerns of the local community".

Mr Jones, who is also chair of the investigation team, added: "Community engagement has been a key element in responding to the public health concerns associated with the cement works".

Views can also be submitted by e-mail, post, or by calling an answer machine on 01352 803686.

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