Time is running out. Write today!
Rosie Cooper MP has joined with campaign group Arrow-;No Whitemoss Landfill in asking residents to write to the Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles, to ask him to refuse the planning application to expand Whitemoss hazardous waste site in Skelmersdale.

Following the public hearings into the tip expansion plan late last year, the planning inspectors have sent a report containing their recommendation to Mr Pickles.

But the public has no idea what that recommendation is -; whether to refuse the tip expansion plan or to give it the green light.

Claire Robinson of Arrow-;No Whitemoss Landfill said:
“We can’t rely on the planning inspectors to make our case for us. All concerned residents, whether they’ve objected before or not, need to write politely to Mr Pickles to make sure he understands the strength of feeling against the tip plan.”

Rosie Cooper MP said:
“Residents have been promised eight times that the landfill site would close but these promises were never kept. Enough is enough.

“Throughout this process residents have fought a hard campaign every step of the way. The next stage in the fight to see Whitemoss close is to write to Eric Pickles, who makes the final decision.  

“I urge all residents to once again make their voices heard by sending a letter or an email to him. Time is running out. Government soon shuts down due to the forthcoming general election. There is no time to wait -; write today.”

Eric Pickles’s email address is: eric.pickles@communities.gsi.gov.uk

Or write a letter to: Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, Department for Communities and Local Government, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF.

Use the points below -; or better still, use your own words:

·      Eight broken promises -; enough is enough. Residents have repeatedly been told that the tip would close, but the closure date has been extended 8 times since 1977.

·      Residents have had enough of living downwind of a hazardous site.

·      The Borough and County Councils say the Whitemoss extension isn’t needed as there is enough space in existing sites.

·      There is huge opposition from five Parish Councils and 3,000 local people, including doctors, councillors, the Council for the Protection of Rural England, churches, community groups, and Rosie Cooper MP.

·      Business leaders say the tip extension will damage economic regeneration in a deprived area.

·      Most of the material going to Whitemoss could be recycled or treated in a more sustainable way.

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