Sandbank or Super Jumbo – Time for a Decision

Alyn and Deeside MP Mark Tami and AM Carl Sargeant have demanded the Environment Agency issue a dredging license immediately for the Dee Estuary to save the Port of Mostyn.

Mr Tami said it was time for the Environment Agency to choose whether a sandbank or the £30 billion super jumbo is more important.

He said: “We need a decision now and it must reflect the concerns of the real world. Thousands of jobs are attached to the A380 and under no circumstances should they be out in jeopardy for the sake of a sandbank.

We have just over a month before the vessel arrives at Mostyn to carry the first set of superjumbo wings. The lack of decision so far is infuriating and the Environment Agency must deliver the goods if it is to avoid the wrath of thousands of dedicated workers.”

Mr Sargeant and Mr Tami have held meetings with Ministers in Cardiff and London to press for a possible decision against any dredging to be overturned.

Mr Sargeant said, “The game is not over yet with the Environment Agency, but unless a license is granted it will be for London and Cardiff to overrule the decision and grant a license themselves.

Under the Habitats Regulations 1994 we can exert political power to grant a license for reasons of significant economic importance. This is the UK’s biggest ever aerospace projects and is therefore one of the most significant economic programmes ever.”