‘We’ve had enough of our landfill neighbours’

Enough Is Enough action group, co-ordinator Maureen McEvoy protests outside the Lyme and Wood Landfill Site on Vista Road, Haydock.'CHRIS A
Enough Is Enough action group, co-ordinator Maureen McEvoy protests outside the Lyme and Wood Landfill Site on Vista Road, Haydock.'CHRIS A
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IT sparked controversy when a three-year extension was granted for the continued tipping of rubbish at a huge landfill site between Haydock and Newton-le-Willows.

Now, two-and-a-half years on, the majority of the ex Lyme and Wood pit site has been transformed into a country park - but anti-tip campaigners say their position still remains much the same.

Cory Environmental, who have operated the Vista Road site since 2003, are set to submit a planning application for a further tipping extension in the coming months. Their current planning permission runs out in June.

But Maureen McEvoy, of the Enough Is Enough action group, says she has “no faith” that this will finally mark the end of the landfill saga.

Cory Environmental initially only planned to tip rubbish at the site for six years.

Mrs McEvoy said: “It looks like Cory are going to apply for a four-year extension in the next couple of months. But we have no faith in them sticking to any timescale.

“They initially said that infilling would be completed by 2009. A three-year extension was then granted, despite our opposition, and now they want even more time.

“We’ve put up with the smells, flies, rats and seagulls for long enough.”

A Cory Environmental spokesman added: “At our public exhibition we set out the intention to submit a planning application to reduce the height of the final restored landform at Lyme and Wood to reduce the remaining volume to be filled and to request the continuation of non-hazardous waste disposal.”