CAMPAIGNERS against the proposed Whitemoss Landfill extension plans are organising a protest march and fun day against the development.
On the May Day bank holiday, those who live near the landfill are planning to march against the site and later hold a fun day.
If the plans to expand the landfill are successful, the site would increase to four times its size, with the input rate increased to 150,000 tonnes of waste a year.
A record-breaking 3,300 people registered their objections with the Planning Inspectorate during consultation on the planned expansion.
The campaign group has gone from strength to strength, with schools, businesses and football teams all offering their support.
Those who want to take part in the march are encouraged to meet at the Concourse Library at 11am, before walking through Yewdale, New Church Farm, Church Road, High Street, and Liverpool Road, ending at the approach to the landfill.
A second march is being coordinated from Bickerstaffe to join up at Whitemoss.
Marchers and other members of the community will then go to a family fun day at Liverpool Road football pitches, where stalls, a car boot sale, bouncy castles, and small rides will be on the field.
The fun day will raise funds for the campaign against the tip expansion.
Janet Williams, who is coordinating the event, said: “Everyone is welcome to join the march and come to the fun day.
“This will be a great day out for the family, as well as a chance to show the strength of local feeling against more toxic dumping in our town. Rosie Cooper MP and local county councillors will be invited, along with Mr Routledge of Whitemoss Landfill and his staff.”
Rob Routledge, managing director of Whitemoss Landfill Ltd, said: “It is unfortunate that a relatively small group of individuals are prepared to scare local residents by repeatedly making grossly misleading and unsubstantiated claims. The main individuals behind the group aren’t even prepared to visit the site. For more than 20 years, Whitemoss has enabled important recycling activities.”