Warrington landfill site set to close after council meeting

An application to keep one of the largest landfill sites in the UK open until 2025 has been rejected by councillors in Warrington.

FCC Environment, which runs Arpley Landfill, Sankey Bridges, asked Warrington Borough Council to defer a planning decision on the site.

Councillors at a meeting, held at the Parr Hall on Wednesday night, unanimously voted to reject the move.

A FCC Environment spokesman said it was "regrettable" the request was refused.

He added: "We will now take time to reflect and consider our options before deciding on our next action."

The 400-acre (160 hectares) site is due to shut in October.

John Boyle, a campaigner who opposes the site due to reasons including location and "odour", said many residents became emotional following the verdict.

He said: "People were tearing up because we have been fighting this for so long, it causes so much disruption and pain.

"Enough is enough, there's so many new, cleaner ways to dispose of waste than this landfill site."

FCC Environment was formerly named Waste Recycling Group, but was rebranded by its Spanish parent company.

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