Protesters blockade Arpley Landfill site in Warrington

Arpley Landfill protesters Arpley Landfill protesters prepare to prevent trucks entering the Warrington waste disposal site

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Campaigners have used their cars to stage a blockade in protest at plans to keep one of the UK's largest landfill sites open until 2025.

The protest was held after FCC Environment, which runs the Warrington site, appealed against a decision to close Arpley Landfill in October.

Arpley Landfill Opposition Group (Alog) say the Sankey Bridges site is an environmental blight on the area.

An FCC Environment spokesman said the site was "needed" in the region.

About 50 members of the protest group used their vehicles to prevent trucks from entering Arpley Landfill at 07:00 BST.


Police officers asked the campaigners to move their cars to allow the site workers to pass 45 minutes later.

Ward councillor Pat Wright said: "Enough is enough. Warrington does not want to become the dumping ground of the North West."

Arpley tip protester Arpley Landfill protesters blocked the path of some vehicles

In January, Warrington Borough Council rejected plans by FCC Environment to keep the 400-acre (160 hectares) site open for another 12 years. The company has lodged an appeal.

Planning permission was first granted for Arpley Landfill in the 1980s.

Warrington South MP David Mowat, who raised the issue in Parliament, said the site's position near a large housing estate was "inappropriate"

"The residents have put up with this long enough. It needs to be stopped," said the MP.

Residents claim they have been blighted by noise, flies and damage to local roads while the site has been in operation.

ALOG campaigner John Boyle said: "No waste goes to this site from Warrington. There is no need for this landfill site to be here.

"To put up with it for another 10 years would be unbearable for a lot of people."

'Open as normal'

An FCC Environment spokesman said they were in constant dialogue with members of the community over the issue.

"Members of the community of course have the right to make their views known on any issue and we respect this," said the spokesman.

"However, the protest does not alter the fact that the Arpley landfill site is needed to play a part in the treatment of waste which is generated in the region."

Warrington Borough Council said it could not comment while the matter was subject to a legal appeal.

FCC Environment, formerly called Waste Recycling Group, handles non-hazardous household and commercial waste from across Merseyside at Arpley Landfill.

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