Less than three years after Lancashire County Council prolonged the life of the White Moss Landfill site, in the face of strong objections from the local community and West Lancs MP Rosie Cooper, there are now proposals to significantly extend the site.
As part of the production of the new Minerals & Waste Development Framework, Lancashire County Council has received a submission from White Moss Landfill Ltd to massively extend the existing site to create additional space for hazardous waste landfill and mineral extraction.
Local MP Rosie Cooper, who opposed the plans to keep the site open longer in 2006, said “I’m astounded that White Moss Landfill Ltd think they can continue to fly in the face of local feeling by putting in an application to extend the site. We fought hard last time and permission was won only by one vote, we’ll fight harder this time.
“Enough is enough, my constituents have put up with noxious smells and disruption for too long already. "
“I will immediately make the strongest protest against these proposals to the County Council. If the County decide to go ahead and consider this application, a public consultation will begin in September. I strongly urge local residents to join me and make their voice heard by telling the County Council ‘no’ to these outrageous proposals!"
“I will make sure that West Lancashire District Council, Lancashire County Council and the Environment Agency are under no illusions - we want no more dumping in Skelmersdale.”