Businesses have been telling the Secretary of State for Wales, David Jones MP, that times are still tough.
Car giant firm Toyota is celebrating 20 years of manufacturing at its plant on Deeside. The North Wales plant employs more than 500 people.
Firefighters have been battling this afternoon to bring a fire at the Ifor Williams Trailer distribution factory on Deeside under control.
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.
– Ifor Williams Trailers spokesperson
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.
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.
There is a fierce debate over the proposal to build an incinerator in Deeside. Cllr Bernie Attridge, deputy leader of Flintshire County Council, says thousands of people have signed a petition, angry at the choice of location.
Colin Everett, Chief Executive Flintshire County Council, acknowledges that plans for an incinerator, burning non-recyclable waste, on Deeside are - and will remain - controversial. He says that they will be closely scrutinised, and emissions will be monitored to make sure there's no risk to people.
Deeside Industrial Estate has been chosen as the site for a new facility to divert only non-recyclable (residual) waste from landfill. The project will be operational from 2017 and expects to process 150,000 tonnes of waste a year - costing £800m over 25 years.
Five Welsh athletes have been selected for the men’s and women‘s sitting volleyball teams for London 2012, it's been announced.
It will be the first time ever that Great Britain will have both men’s and women’s teams represented at a Paralympic Games.
The five athletes are:
- Amy Brierly from Deeside
- Jessica O’Brien from Cardiff
- Sam Bowen from Mountain Ash
- James Roberts from Prestatyn
- Sam Scott from Cardiff
– Jon Morgan, Executive Director Disability Sport Wales
We congratulate the five athletes on their selection. It’s testament to their hard work and commitment over the past four years that they have made the team in a sport which is undergoing a renaissance in the UK.
A Deeside man who aspired to live a life of luxury has been jailed for seven years for organising what a judge described as a conspiracy to “import drugs from South East Asia to poison the streets of North Wales."
Thirty two year old Richard Giuseppe Calvert involved his mother, brother and sister and they were also jailed at Mold Crown Court.
North Wales police foiled a plan to import heroin from Thailand via Amsterdam to the UK after carrying out covert observations and placed secret listening devices in the Calvert family home in Connah’s Quay.
His brother Simon Calvert (37) received five years.
Both admitted conspiracy to import heroin between December 2010 and June last year, and a second conspiracy to launder money.
Their sister Maria Calvert , a mother of four, received three years for money laundering and being involved in the supply of heroin.
Their mother Margaret Calvert was jailed for 21 months for money laundering – but that sentence will mean her immediate release because of the time she has served on remand.
A Cardiff man Darren Hanashi, who arranged the couriers for Giuseppe Calvert and who drove them from South Wales to Liverpool airport, was jailed for five years and seven months after he admitted the drugs importation conspiracy.
All pleaded guilty at Mold Crown Court.
As the sentences were read out there were emotional scenes in the public gallery.