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Skelmersdale protestors prepare for May Day march against Whitemoss

Fun day will also take place on Liverpool Road football pitches

Whitemoss protesters outside West Lancashire Borough Council office

Protestors are preparing for their May Day march against the proposed Whitemoss landfill expansion and are encouraging Skelmersdale residents to join them.

On Bank Holiday Monday the residents are planning to walk through Skelmersdale, passing through Yewdale, New Church Farm, Church Road and the High Street to Whitemoss Landfill before hosting a fun day  on Liverpool Road football pitches.

Campaigners are meeting at the Concourse Library at 11am and plan to march to the site, arriving around 12.30pm.

They will then head for the football pitches for the family fun day from 12pm to 5pm. 

There will be an array of  stalls, a car boot sale, bouncy castles, small rides, and stage performances.

 There will also be a “Skem Skrufts” competition where people have the chance to show off their dogs.

It will be £2 to enter, with a prize handed out to the winning pet.

Some of the campaigners are being sponsored to take part in the walk and any money raised during the  fun day will raise funds for the campaign.

The funds will partly go towards hiring expert witnesses to help protestors fight their case against the expansion in the upcoming hearings by the planning inspectorate.

If the plans to expand the landfill are successful, the site would increase to four times its present size, with the input rate increased to 150,000 tonnes of waste a year.

A total of 3,300 people registered their objections with the planning inspectorate during the consultation on the plans

The preliminary meetings are due to take place in Wigan at 11am on May 21, with shuttle buses provided for Skelmersdale residents.

Anyone wishing to attend this meeting must send their confirmation to the planning inspectorate by no later than May 9.

Anyone who wishes to speak at the hearings or submit a written representation must inform the planning inspectorate by June 26.

The formal hearings will then take place on July 16 and 17, with both daytime and evening sessions