WARRINGTON South MP has written to the leaders of Halton, Sefton, Knowsley, St Helens and Wirral Borough Councils and the Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson to protest their decision to support an extension to the Arpley Landfill Site.

The MP has invited them to visit the site for themselves and has also written to Cheshire West and Chester Council, who supported an extension but do not dump waste at Arpley.

The letter read: “There is more than enough capacity in the region as a whole to absorb the waste.

“Given that none of these other sites is as poorly located as Arpley, I believe there is an overwhelming argument that the site should not be forced to remain open.”

As Warrington no longer sends any waste to Arpley, it is only Merseyside and Halton who will continue to use the site in future.

Mr Mowat added: “I’m disappointed these two councils are lobbying for the site to remain open.

“The plans that have been submitted show that local people could have to put up with a lorry passing their house every 169 seconds during the site’s operating hours.

“If they wish to continue supporting this application, the people living in Halton and Merseyside need to understand what is being done in their name.”