West Lancashire MP, Rosie Cooper is calling on residents to make their voices heard in opposing the latest proposals to extend the size and lifetime of Whitemoss landfill site in Skelmersdale.
Now that the application has been accepted for examination, residents have up to 28th February 2014 to submit their comments to the Planning Inspectorate on the plans submitted as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project. This follows the decision by Lancashire County Council to remove the site from their Minerals and Waste Development Framework after a successful campaign in which Rosie worked with residents and local environmental group, Arrow to oppose the plans.
Rosie believes it is time the planning authorities honoured their commitments to residents to close the site which stretch back to 1977, when the original closing date was 1995. A further 19 years later and the site is still operating!
MP Rosie Cooper is once again encouraging residents to make their objections known to the Planning Inspectorate, saying:
"I know that residents living close to Whitemoss landfill site and others across Skelmersdale are deeply concerned that despite the previous refusals the company is going to keep going until they have permission to extend the size and the lifetime of the site.
"Therefore, it is important that residents continue to make their objections known. As a result of large numbers of residents making their voices heard last time, we were successful in getting the site removed from the County Council's development framework.
"We need to keep fighting these plans as there is no demonstrable need to keep this site operating. The only people who benefit are the site operators, certainly not local residents, even with the small community fund the company has just recently set-up.
"How many times are the planning authorities going to keep breaking their promises to Skelmersdale residents when it comes to Whitemoss landfill site. Enough is enough. This application needs to be refused and the site closed down for good. It’s time residents’ interests were put first."