bCAMPAIGNERS are continuing their fight against Whitemoss landfill expansion plans.
The expansion would increase the size of the site by 12.7 hectares with an input rate of 150,000 tonnes of waste per annum for a further 22 years, until 2035.
Last Saturday the residents met to discuss their next move in the campaign. West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper also came to the meeting and sympathised with the group’s plight.
The plan is still in its consultation stage with residents having until February 28 to submit their objections to the plans.
The Facebook group “Say no to more hazardous waste in Skelmersdale” has more than 2,860 members and the campaign group is planning to host another meeting at the Winchester pub this Saturday at 12pm.
Since the Advertiser’s story on the expansion plans last week, the paper has been inundated with letters, including one from six-year-old Alice Taylor.
Alice said: “We will get poisons from the tip and we have to look after our planet or we will all be ill.
“I have bad asthma and car fumes and dust makes me poorly and I don’t want the wagons to come here. I am very scared.”
Nicola Gary, who lives directly opposite the site said: “I have lived here since 2005. When we moved in, we were told that the tip would be closed within four years. Since then Mr Routledge of Whitemoss, has gained extension after extension.
“When we first moved in, the smell was unbearable. I would have itchy, runny eyes and itchy skin on a daily basis. I would never open my windows – even in the height of summer – but this is nothing to what will happen in the future.
“This is a residential area. And Green Belt. In the immediate vicinity there is Stocks Hall nursing home, the Horseshoe pub, Sandy Lane shopping centre, but also, over 3,000 people come to the Liverpool road playing fields every Sunday for the children's football league.
“I will be in the direct line of fire for this contaminated air, but the ramifications will affect the whole of Skelmersdale, Rainford, Bickerstaffe and beyond.
“Skelmersdale is on the verge of major town development. I have no doubt that this tip will deter new investors and prevent new jobs being created. It's the last thing Skelmersdale needs.”
Managing director of Whitemoss Landfill Ltd, Rob Routledge, said that the company had held a number of consultation days and delivered thousands of leaflets about the proposals.
He said: “If passed, our plans will create jobs and also safeguard jobs in a town which has among the highest amount of jobseekers in West Lancashire. We have responded to every consultation response we have received.”
See your letters on page 10