West Lancashire Labour’s Rosie Cooper has asked:
“I’ve written to Eric Pickles, have you?”
This follows confirmation that the date on which the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles MP will make his decision on the Whitemoss landfill site application will be on or before 21 May 2015.
Rosie questioned the Minister of State Brandon Lewis MP in Parliament last week so campaigners and local residents are not being left in limbo.
Rosie is therefore still encouraging residents to write to the Minister outlining their concerns over the development.
“Now that we finally have a date, we have something to be working towards. It is imperative now more than ever that we make our concerns known to the Minister to ensure we make our voices heard.
“The people of Skelmersdale and West Lancashire have been promised eight times now that Whitemoss would close, but here we are seeing an application for a 20 year extension and seven fold increase in size.
“This is completely unacceptable and additionally, there are a number of unaddressed health and safety concerns and issues.
“I still urge all residents to once again make their voices heard by sending a letter or an email to Eric Pickles. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 West Lancashire’s Rosie Cooper.
- 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.