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Landfill firm 'misled residents' says MP

An MP has accused a waste firm of misleading local residents over plans for a landfill site.

David Mowfat, Conservative MP for Warrington South, criticised Waste Recycling Group for its application to extend the operation of the Arpley Landfil for 12 years.

Speaking in the Commons, Mowat said local residents of a new housing estate were told by WRG the site would be closed by 2013.

WRG applied to extend the life of the site in January 2012 following a consultation process that began in October 2010.

Mowfat told MPs: “Given that from 2013, Warrington itself will send no waste to landfill … a town that produces no landfill waste should not be a dustbin for others.”

He said when residents moved into a new housing estate “many of them received verbal assurances that the site would be closed by 2013, which formed part of their decision to buy”.

A spokesman for WRG said: “WRG is seeking an extension to the lifetime, not the ‘void’ or  capacity, of the Arpley landfill site. As other landfill sites close around the region there will be a continuing requirement for some landfill capacity, which Arpley can provide.

“The extension will allow landscaping to be completed on site, and the continuing maintenance of the Moore Nature Reserve.”

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