West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper today sought assurances at Prime Minister's Questions that West Lancashire residents fighting to end hazardous waste dumping at Whitemoss landfill site will be given a fair chance against the greed and profit of the site owners.
Rosie put the question to the Prime Minister
‘What assurances can the Prime Minister give to West Lancashire residents that localism will give them a fair chance against greed and profit when it comes to their wish to end hazardous waste dumping at Whitemoss landfill site, which is currently the subject of a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project planning application, given there is no evidence of need, a promise the site would close in 1995, and a community including its MP that has said NO MORE time and time and time again.’
At the weekly question time in the House of Commons as she continues to campaign alongside local residents to see the site closed.
Currently the Planning Inspectorate is considering a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project planning application that would extend the lifetime of the site by 22 years and would increase the size of the landfill site in Skelmersdale, which is located close to residential areas and junior league football pitches.
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 for the site was to be 1995. A further 19 years later the site is still operating with the threat it won’t close now until 2036.
Speaking after Prime Minister’s Questions, MP Rosie Cooper said:
“Too many promises to residents have been broken with extension after extension at Whitemoss. Quite rightly they are concerned by this latest plan and are sceptical that they will be listened to.
“How many more times do the people of West Lancashire have to keep saying no more to hazardous waste dumping at Whitemoss before anyone listens. Since being elected in 2005 I have consistently opposed any application to keep the site operating.
“I raised the issue at Prime Minister’s Questions because from the top of government down the message needs to be heard – it is time to put residents’ interests before greed and profit. It is time the promises to close the site were honoured. It is time the planning authorities listened to the people of Skelmersdale and across West Lancashire.
“The only people who benefit from this latest application are the site owners. They profit at the expense of residents’ quality of life. It is time residents were put first.
“Lancashire County Council’s decision to remove the site from its Minerals and Waste Development Framework as there is no demonstrable need for the site beyond its existing lifetime should have signalled the end of Whitemoss landfill site.
“As I have consistently said, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. Along with local residents I will continue to fight to bring an end to hazardous dumping in Skelmersdale.”