Latest findings in factory investigation

An investigation by a public health board into concerns about a cement factory in North Wales has published its latest findings today.

It's reporting on the views local people have on the Hanson Cement factory in Padeswood after claims about an increased risk of cancer.

The research shows one area has higher rates of new cancer but everywhere else is the same or better than the rest of Wales.

The draft report from the Public Health Wales Observatory describing the health of people in the area does not examine cause and effect.

Andrew Jones, Executive Director of Public Health for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and chair of the investigation, said:

"We have now heard from and spoken to many people who live locally so we have a better understanding of their views and concerns.

"There are a significant number of people who have chosen not to tell us what they think. There is evidence that some people do not have concerns about Hanson Cement. Of those who do have concerns, the most common are health especially cancer and respiratory disease."

A Hanson Spokesman said:

"This is another step in the right direction. We want this to be resolved as quickly and professionally as possible.

"The information that has come out today will help to re-assure people they have nothing to fear."