West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has joined with neighbouring Knowsley MP Sir George Howarth in laying down an Early Day Motion in Parliament to oppose the Simonswood Incinerator application.
Culzean W2E Ltd based at Simonswood Industrial Park have submitted a planning application to Lancashire County Council to build a High Temperature Treatment Facility for the Management of Medical Waste.
Sitting on the border of West Lancashire and Knowsley, the impacts on local residents is a concern for MPs Rosie and George, and residents themselves who live in the vicinity.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“My West Lancashire constituents and residents in nearby Kirby are rightly concerned about the construction of a medical waste incinerator on their doorstep. Residents are worried about impact on their health and the possible processing of up to 10 tonnes of hazardous medical waste per day!
“Laying down this Early Day Motion in Parliament is just one part of the campaign against this unwanted and unacceptable proposal.
“Residents are petitioning, and public meetings are being held to encourage residents to lodge their objections directly with Lancashire County Council so that if or when this item appears before their Development Control Committee, the elected councillors who make the decision are in no doubt as to local opinion.
“Many of my constituents have raised concerns about this proposal with me directly. I have written to Lancashire County Council, who are responsible for making the decision on this application, to make it clear that I am opposed to this plan, and that a large number of my constituents are also opposed.
“I have long supported my constituents who have had to endure a range of issues in this area, particularly the odour problems caused by the Suez recycling facility over at the Knowsley Industrial Estate, and I will continue to support my constituents in this campaign however I can.”
Full text of the Early Day Motion:
Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire), Sir George Howarth (Knowsley)
Potential health effects of proposed medical waste incinerator, Simonswood, West Lancashire
That this House notes with strong concern, the potential consequences for residents in Kirkby and West Lancashire if the Culzean W2E planning application for a medical waste incinerator in West Lancashire, on the border of Kirkby, is approved by Lancashire County Council; expresses concern that the site of the proposed incinerator is already very poorly managed with a number of companies conducting waste management businesses on it with a complete lack of consideration in regard to the effect that their activities have on local residents; further notes that those activities include the use of dilapidated and unsafe buildings, unacceptable storage of waste materials and waste materials falling off vehicles associated with the site; notes, with strong misgivings, the potential impact that a medical incinerator on the site would have on the health and wellbeing of residents in Knowsley and West Lancashire; and calls on Lancashire County Council, West Lancashire District Council and the Environment Agency to defer any further consideration of the proposal and focus on taking strong enforcement action against those already involved at the site.