Waste plan storm

Pictured left Councillor Ian Smith, Carl Cashman, and coun Joe McGarry (right) join residents Fred and Sharon Fricker at the proposed site in Carr Lane, Prescot.
Pictured left Councillor Ian Smith, Carl Cashman, and coun Joe McGarry (right) join residents Fred and Sharon Fricker at the proposed site in Carr Lane, Prescot.
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TOWN Hall chiefs have hit back after outraged Prescot campaigners slammed the authority over plans for a controversial waste site.

Campaigner Carl Cashman claimed a waste recycling site off Carr Lane would put the health of hundreds of local residents at risk.

He said: “Why does Knowsley Council take away everything we need in our town and build everything we don’t want? Politics aside, this is terrible for Prescot.

“It seems that Knowsley Council can only see the benefit of extra council tax, rather than the health of the community and our area’s environmental wellbeing.”

Prescot’s Lib Dem leader, Coun Ian Smith, added: “Knowsley Council works for Huyton and Kirkby, but not for Prescot and Whiston.

“These plans are simply ridiculous. Our leisure facilities have been demolished and now the council wants to build a waste site in Prescot.”

But a spokesman for Knowsley Council responded this week, saying plans for a waste recycling centre at the site were refused by Knowsley Council in February 2009, only to be overturned, against the authority’s wishes, by an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate.

He also insisted that Knowsley Council is “completely committed to supporting and encouraging the long-term prosperity and success of Prescot and Whiston”.

He said: “Following the Planning Inspectorate’s decision, we have had very little choice but to grant planning permission for two similar applications for the same site. To date, none of these schemes have actually been implemented.

“The council itself does not have any plans to build a waste facility on the site and these planning applications have been received from private companies. Any waste facility development would need to conform to the appropriate environmental and health and safety regulations.”

He added: “It is also worth noting that planning permission was recently granted for a new leisure facility in Prescot with eight 5-a-side pitches. These new facilities will replace the old Prescot Leisure Centre which was in a poor state of repair and was no longer able to meet the needs of residents.”

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