Residents are being urged to attend a public meeting to discuss the proposed Eastham oil re-refinery – as hundreds signed an online petition against the plans.
Hydrodec Group wants to develop a re-refinery plant at Eastham Locks on land next to the QE2 Dock and the Nustar terminal, and is currently preparing a planning application with consultants Indigo Planning.
Re-refining involves processing used oil to remove impurities, allowing it to be reused, and the firm says the plant would create up to 40 jobs and apprentice opportunities.
If Hydrodec can secure permission for the plant, it intends to set up its European headquarters at the site.
A public exhibition of the proposals was held at Eastham Golf Club in February, where residents raised a number of concerns, including how close the site was to homes on Seaview Avenue.
The firm has now organised a presentation and question and answer session over the proposals, due to be held at St David’s URC church hall on Crosthwaite Avenue, Eastham, on March 19 from 6.30pm-7.30pm.
Local councillor Chris Carubia said Hydrodec has told him they would be sending out 1,300 letters informing residents about the meeting, with places at the public event available on a first-come-first served basis and questions to be submitted by March 13.
Those wishing to register to attend are being asked by the firm to leave their contact details online or by phone.
But Wirral South Lib Dems website, Cllr Carubia wrote: “My first thoughts on reading the letter are if more people wish to attend than can be accommodated in the church hall, then a larger, more suitable venue would need to be sought.
“I am also concerned that some residents who wish to attend may not be willing to furnish the company with their details and therefore would be excluded from attending.”
It comes as an online petition called “Eastham says no to the Hydrodec oil refinery” reached 700 signatures.
The petition highlights concerns over safety and claims that the development is “completely at odds with the local area”, with Eastham country park less than half a mile away from the proposed site.
Last month, James Hodges, Hydrodec company secretary, told the ECHO the firm was putting together a presentation ahead of a planned public meeting where some of the big questions would be addressed, including why that site had been chosen.