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Whitemoss protesters plea for decision to be made locally

People are encouraged to write letters to MP Rosie Cooper

Protestors take to Skelmersdale's streets

The fight against the Whitemoss tip expansion continued last week as campaigners and residents attended the preliminary meetings for the public examination of the proposed development.

Protestors made the trip to the DW Stadium in Wigan on May 21 in preparation for the public hearings on July 16/17.

At the meeting, representatives of Lancashire County Council and West Lancs Borough Council announced that they believe the decision should be made locally and that they do not want these hearings to go ahead.

That view is shared by local campaigners and by Rosie Cooper MP, who has strongly supported residents’ opposition to the tip expansion and has asked the Prime Minister to ensure that the decision is made locally.

Now Arrow – No Whitemoss Landfill is asking people to write a letter or email to Rosie Cooper MP that she can forward to the Secretary of State.

Claire Robinson, press officer for the campaign group, said: “If Rosie has hundreds of emails and letters of support calling for a local decision, it will strengthen her case.

“Whitemoss Landfill is trying to get around the massive local opposition to the tip by going through a process that is not democratically accountable to local people.

“We have a chance to stop that process now and we encourage everyone to write to Rosie Cooper, making sure to provide their name, address and phone number.”

If the hearings go ahead, the decision will be made by the Secretary of State through the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project  planning process, on the basis of a recommendation by the inspector in charge of the case, Mrs Wendy Burden.

To help employ lawyers to fight their case residents are planning to host several fundraising events.

There will be a quiz night on Thursday, June 5, at the Victoria Hotel pub, Sandy Lane from 7:30pm.

 Then on  June 21 there will be a music night at The Engine Rooms,  where local bands will be playing. There will also be   a separate acoustic set outside in a marquee. Tickets for this event are £4.

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