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Take David's Arpley Survey!
The Council's Development Control Committee met on 23rd January to consider an application to extend Arpley's licence for a further 5 years. David spoke at the Meeting on behalf of local residents and the application was unanimously rejected.
However, many local residents were shocked and appalled to find out that Halton Borough Council and the other Merseyside councils had written to Warrington Borough Council urging it to allow the application - so that they could continue dumping waste there! Cheshire West & Chester Council also wrote in support, although they have no plans to send any rubbish to Arpley.
David has now written to the leaders of all those councils involved and to Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson to invite them to visit Arpley and see for themselves what local residents have to endure on a daily basis. You can read the letters below.
Letter to Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson
Letter to Cllr Phil Davies, Leader of Wirral Borough Council
Letter to Cllr Peter Dowd, Leader of Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council
Letter to Cllr Barrie Gunewald, Leader of St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council
Letter to Cllr Mike Jones, Leader of Cheshire West & Chester Council
Letter to Cllr Rob Polhill, Leader of Halton Borough Council
Letter to Cllr Ron Round, Leader of Knowsley Town Council
Response from Cllr Polhill
Response from Cllr Jones
Further correspondence from Councillor Polhill
Arpley Landfill Site
Arpley is a landfill site and landfill gas generator located close to the centre of Warrington. The site operators, WRG applied for planning permission recently to extend the site's operational life until 2025, the application was turned down by the Council, but this decision has now been appealed and will be heard at an Inquiry beginning on Tuesday 18th February at Orford Park. A further application has also been submitted for a 5 year extension to the licence. The current licence expired in October 2013.
David is leading local opposition to the licence extension. Local people who live near the site or on the approach routes are fed up of the noise, vibration, smells and other problems associated with living next to a landfill site. The appeal hearings will take place in January 2014 and David has already applied to speak at the Inquiry on behalf of local residents. You can also read David's written statement to the Inquiry here.
After residents raised concern about the Environemtn Agency giving permission for new areas on the existing site to be landfilled, David wrote to Dan Rogerson MP, the Minister for the Envrionment Agency, to express his concern. You can read David's letter here and you can read Mr Rogerson's response here.
Visit the website of the Arpley Landfill Opposition Group
In May last year, David led a debate in the House of Commons on the problems of the Arpley landfill site, you can read David's remarks for yourself here or watch it in full below.