Deeside factory evacuated during blaze

Firefighters have been battling this afternoon to bring a fire at the Ifor Williams Trailer distribution factory on Deeside under control.

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Corus regeneration will bring "significant benefits"

Plans to regenerate the old Corus site on Deeside will bring about a "series of significant benefits", according to Flintshire Council's Head of Planning.

Andrew Farrow expects the scheme to bring over 4,000 permanent and temporary jobs to the area:

"The proposed development has the potential to bring about a series of significant benefits in terms of housing provision, employment opportunities and community infrastructure...It is expected that the scheme will deliver 2,800 temporary construction jobs and 2,169 permanent jobs. It will deliver a range of housing type to meet local needs and consequentially there will be additional demand for local services supporting local regeneration."

– Andrew Farrow, Flintshire Council

The multi-million pound plans to build 600 houses, a hotel and a shopping centre will be decided upon in a meeting today.

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Decision due on plans to regenerate Corus site

It's expected the scheme will deliver over 2000 permanent jobs. Credit: ITV Wales

A meeting will take place later to decide whether to push ahead with multi-million pound plans to regenerate the old Corus site on Deeside.

The plans include building 600 houses over a twelve year period, a business and technology park, hotel and a shopping centre. Over 2000 jobs would be created.

Other features of the development include a parkland, footpaths, cyclepaths and improved flood defences.

Opponents to the plans have raised concerns over privacy issues and increased traffic to the area.

70 jobs for Deeside

Car giant Toyota announcement Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Japanese car giant Toyota has announced 70 new jobs at its plant on Deeside.

The operation, which employs over 500, makes engines for the firm's Avensis and Auris cars.

Last September the company marked 20 years of manufacturing in North Wales.

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Fire under control at Deeside trailer factory

A spokesperson for a Deeside trailer manufacturer says production will resume as soon as possible following a fire earlier today.

The main production area at Ifor Williams Trailers on the Deeside Industrial Estate is largely unaffected.

The most important thing is that all 70 members of staff were evacuated safely from the building. We are grateful to the emergency services for their prompt response and for their efforts in tackling the fire. The fire has been put out by the fire service who are on standby duty. We will work closely with them to identify the cause. In the meantime we are carrying out a full assessment of the damage.

– Ifor Williams Trailers spokesperson

Fire at factory on Deeside

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service say they are dealing with a fire on the Deeside Industrial Estate.

A spokesperson said crews were called to the incident in a building on 4th Avenue, Deeside Industrial Estate, at 12.58pm.

Eyewitnesses have described hearing loud bangs from the Ifor Williams Trailers factory. They say there were large clouds of thick black smoke, but that the fire is now largely under control.

Appliances from Deeside, Buckley, Mold, Holywell, Wrexham and St Asaph, as well as the Aerial Ladder Platform, the Environmental Protection Unit and the Incident Command Unit, were all sent to deal with the fire.

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