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Dynamo Rangers show their support for Whitemoss campaign

The local under 7's football team has added the campaign's symbol to their kits

A local youngster surrounded by green ribbons

A Skelmersdale football team has shown support for the Whitemoss landfill campaign by adding green ribbons to their kits.

The landfill expansion plans would increase the input rate to 150,000 tonnes of waste a year.

The Dynamo Rangers U7's have around 15 boys and girls teams who use Liverpool Roadd playing fields as their base. The under 7's are in their first year of playing.

Paul Shepherd, of the Rangers, said: “We are backing the campaign to stop the expansion plans at Whitemoss Landfill due to its proximity to the playing fields that these young people use.

Dynamo Rangers U7's have added a green ribbon symbol to their kit in support of the Whitemoss landfill campaign
Dynamo Rangers U7's have added a green ribbon symbol to their kit in support of the Whitemoss landfill campaign
 

“We believe there are possible health implications that arise due to any potential leaks of hazardous waste into the local environment, whether this is airborne or into the watercourses in the area.

“We don't feel that the "minimal risk to health" is a risk worth taking when it comes to children's health.

“The danger of losing this valuable local amenity because of its proximity to this potential health risk is very real. The impact this could have to young peoples health and social well being is significant and shouldn't be underestimated, as the real impact of obesity is now being felt by a generation.

“Myself and the parents all objected to the plans on the planning site and decided that we would like to make a visible statement of our objections so it was decided that we would have the green ribbon symbol of the campaign put onto the kit.

“The parents all paid for their ribbons themselves and my sister-in-law Janet Currall gave her time to sew the ribbons onto the kit.”

The team played their first game wearing the green ribbon kit last weekend and plan to use the kit for the foreseeable future.

Rob Routledge, Managing Director of Whitemoss Landfill Ltd, said: "The claims made about people's health are based on speculation, not facts.”