We are sure by now that you will have heard the great news…Here is more detail from the campaign’s chairman:
“I wanted to let you know that we have news regarding the application to tip 120,000 tones, 88,000 cu m of waste on Parbold Hill. The application has been blocked. LCC have acted on the advice of our QC.
“It has been a long and hard journey to save the panoramic views from the hill that are enjoyed by local residents and visitors alike. The decision to grant planning permission, despite more than 1000 objections being received from residents and 6 Parish Councils, resulted in the local community seeking legal advice to question the Council’s decision and procedures”.
At considerable expense, local residents commissioned QC David Forsdick from Landmark Chambers in London to write a report.
He concluded “I consider that there are multiple inconsistencies, inaccuracies, misunderstandings and misconceptions underlying the resolution to grant – and a clear failure to test propositions of fact put forward by the Applicant but which appear to be unsustainable and/or misconceived. Permission has not yet been granted and the Council thus has an opportunity now to reconsider on a correct, factual, legal, and technical understanding. I have no hesitation in recommending that it should do so”.
The Council has listened, spoken with the Applicant and asked him to work with the Environment Agency to minimise the most harmful and controversial aspects of the application. Hopefully, this will eventually lead to the Council’s reconsideration of a more acceptable, less destructive scheme for repair and maintenance at Parbold Hill which will hopefully retain those views that are so important to West Lancashire. Meanwhile, we will continue to work closely with the Environment Agency to protect a much-loved beauty spot.
We are grateful for the help and support from the community that has allowed us to challenge LCC’s decision that has now resulted in them reconsidering it.
We are so grateful for your generous help.
Del. On behalf of the Stop Parbold Hill Landfill Group