An unknown party has submitted a Freedom of Information request for all correspondence between MP Rosie Cooper and the Environment Agency on Whitemoss Landfill site.
The West Lancashire MP has been a vocal opponent of plans to extend the lifetime of the landfill site in Skelmersdale. Rosie has been campaigning alongside local residents for dumping at the site to be brought to an end for the sake of local residents and their quality of life.
Rosie has also moved to reassure residents that their personal correspondence will remain private. Under the Freedom of Information Act an individual constituent’s correspondence dealt with by an MP cannot be released. It only applies to the general correspondence between the MP and the Environment Agency.
In response to the news of this request, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“What are people scared of and trying to achieve by this Freedom of Information request?
“If it is to frighten me or threaten me with legal action in an effort to keep me quiet then they are very much misguided.”
“I will be absolutely clear. What I say in private and what I say in public on this issue are exactly the same. I stand by what I have said and I stand by the local residents. Whitemoss landfill site needs to close. Skelmersdale should not be Lancashire's dumping ground.
“For more years than I have been the MP, Lancashire County Council has set deadline after deadline for the site to close. Every time they have failed to keep to their promise. Enough is enough. Stick to the current date for closure. No more extensions.”
Currently Lancashire County Council’s Minerals and Waste Development Framework is undergoing an Examination in Public. This report contains proposals once again that will extend the lifetime of Whitemoss Landfill site.
This is despite the strong opposition from hundreds of Skelmersdale residents and environmental groups. In recent weeks Rosie Cooper MP called on the planning inspector to listen to the concerns of local people and hold Lancashire County Council to their previous promises.
On Thursday 20th October Lancashire County Council granted further planning permissions for Whitemoss Landfill site.