Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

19/09/11 - MP Rosie calls on Planning Inspector to listen to res

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is calling on the planning inspector to seriously listen to the concerns of local residents opposing any further extension of Whitemoss landfill site ahead of the Examination in Public hearings beginning on Lancashire County Council’s Minerals and Waste Development Framework on Tuesday 20th September.


MP Rosie believes that it is now time for the planning inspector to honour previous commitments to bring an end to the life of Whitemoss, something Lancashire County Council has failed to do on several occasions.


Lancashire County Council has once again included Whitemoss in its Minerals and Waste Development Framework plans to be the site for dumping hazardous waste from across the county and beyond.


Rosie has worked closely with local residents to campaign against these proposals.  She has submitted several submissions opposing an extension to the lifetime or the size of the site.  These submissions will now be considered by the planning inspector as part of the Examination in Public.


MP Rosie said:

“For more years than I have been the MP the residents living in close proximity to Whitemoss and across Skelmersdale have had to put up with having the landfill site on their doorstep.


“The planning inspector has an opportunity this time to listen to the local residents who are saying enough is enough.  It is time that the disruption and detrimental effect Whitemoss has on their quality of lives was ended.


The resident’s or my views and opposition to any extension to the site could not be more clear.  Residents have no confidence in any deadline set by Lancashire County Council.  They are like a piece of elastic; they keep get stretched further and further.  The only people paying the price are the residents.”


It is a shame that Lancashire County Council have refused to listen and remove the Whitemoss site from their plans before now.”


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