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AS IT HAPPENED: Day one of Arpley tip inquiry
This live event has finished
- Councillors rejected plans for the Sankey Bridges site to remain open for a further 12 years in January 2013
- Residents have turned out in force opposing the plans
- Tip owners FCC say the landfill site is still needed
- Join on Twitter using #Arpley
That's it for today's live blog. The inquiry is expected to go on for three weeks with councillors from the area set to speak towards the end of the hearing.
Further coverage and pictures will be in Thursday's Warrington Guardian.
This afternoon representatives from tip operators FCC and the council will be battling it out over the issue of odours.
It is expected FCC will further argue complaints are 'unsubstantiated' and smells could be coming from elsewhere.
The council will explain complaints are often made about the tip first thing in the morning, evenings and at weekends which means they do not have the man-power to go out and validate thos complaints.
1:11pm Tue 18 Feb 14
I would like to ask where the people making these decisions to let other towns rubbish be dumped in Warrington live. Is it on their doorstep or do they live in an area without smells of rotting cabbage, bird droppings all over our vehicles and gardens, dust, dirt and items that fall from waste lorries littering our streets. Spare a thought for the residents that have put up with this for a long time. If Warrington can invest and not send our rubbish to landfill then surely these other councils can do the same. SAY NO TO ARPLEY!
Time for a break for lunch. Inquiry will restart in an hour
Posters have been put up around Sankey Bridges and Saxon Park in protest to the inquiry.
Residents are hoping it gets the message across to the inspector.
It is suggested to Mr Rowlands Arpley is a good location for waste to be transported from Manchester, Halton, Liverpool and the wider Merseyside area.
He argues that is not the case for Manchester rubbish.
You can have your say on the Arpley tip debate in our vote.
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12:15pm Tue 18 Feb 14
We live on Marina avenue and we have a big problem with smells, flies, and birds. Liverpool road is in a bad state and needs potholes repairing. Each day the road is littered with things that fall from the lorries. This as well as the dust and dirt is getting worse not better. We need to stand up and be heard. WARRINGTON doesn't send it's waste to landfill so why are we a dumping ground for these other towns.STOP NOW BEFORE IT GETS WORSE. Whoever let these other towns dump their rubbish here in the first place , I bet they don't live in the area and suffer like the residents of great Sankey and Sankey bridges have over the years.
Gary Rowlands from the highways department confirms there are no reasons for refusal relating to highways concerns but there are issues regarding congestion on the network.
Earlier campaigner Norman Crompton described to me the smell living near the tip as being like 'rotting cabbage' and said he had been complaining about speeding lorries for six years.
He added: "it's only recently we have been told to send our complaints to he police who are now looking at setting up a speed trap."
He also asks for a maximum HGV limit and long-term average daily cap.
A witness from the highways department currently holds the floor.
He says the Sankey Bridges tip is some distance from motorway network and all traffic has to use Liverpool Road which has historically generated complaints.
Residents look disgusted after being told by Arpley tip operator their repeated complaints over odours are 'unsubstantiated'— @hannahbargery 18 February 2014
11:45am Tue 18 Feb 14
its a joke that a local council can not stop a big company from illegally dumping on it. how dare they try and push through an extension to a licence you do not even currently hold. its also nice to see that our surrounding neighbours like Chester and Halton do not care out maintaining a health relationship with there neighbours. CLOSE THIS MONSTROUS LANDFILL NOW. THEY AGREED TO A CONTRACT OVER 20 YEARS AGO AND HAVE NOT ABIDED BY THAT CONTRACT IT HAS RAN OUT. SO GET LOST
Earlier Labour parliamentary candidate Nick Bent said today was a 'big day for the Stop Arpley campaign' and he hoped the inspector would drive around the area and talk to residents.
Our reporter Hannah is blogging live from the inquiry.
You can leave your comments below or get involved on Twitter, using the #Arpley
Watch the protestors outside the inquiry, being held at Orford Park.
Time for a 15 minute break here.
Plenty of disgruntled residents who are disappointed their repeated complaints do not appear to have been taken seriously by tip operators
Resident John Mulhall, who has been given special permission to speak, says the lorries have caused 'untold misery'
Here is John giving evidence.
Council also highlights dust as a major problem in the area.
He adds there is a gap between promises of what would be done (ie. wheel washes on tip vehicles) and what happens in reality
Time for the council to fight back.
Representative David Manley says need for tip for Greater Manchester waste is of operator's 'own invention'.
Adds there would be nothing stopping Arpley bosses from bringing waste from further afield to keep the site open in the future if waste stops being dumped at the site from Merseyside
As we reported two weeks ago, most surrounding north west councils want to keep sending their rubbish to Arpley.
You can read the full story by clicking here
Cheshire West and Chester Council and Halton council are both supporting tip operators appeal.
When the Warrington Guardian asked Halton council leader if he he would visit site, we were told no comment.
It's clear residents' blood is boiling over opening comments from tip operators
He adds closing the tip would lead to more vehicles on the town's roads and more than one million tonnes of 'materials' needed to do so
Tip operators not making any friends here after saying complaints from residents have largely been 'unsubstantiated'
#Arpley http://t.co/TKvvd2lmGz— @leannekeavey1 18 February 2014
Inspector said he will be looking at the site being on green belt land, the effect of traffic on living conditions of residents, particularly air quality and dust, and odours.
Going through some technical details at the moment. Inspector sits at the front of the room with council and tip operator representatives sat opposite each other surrounded by boxes of folders.
Plenty of preparation has gone into this inquiry
Inspector clarifies he has already seen the surroundings of Arpley and will definitely make an 'accompanied visit' towards the end of the inquiry
Decision over site inspection will be considered towards the end of the inquiry.
Residents will be keen for the inspector to see what they have to put up with
Inspector says 'banners won't persuade him anyway' and asks residents to put them down.
Bright yellow placards with the words 'Say no to Arpley' are still on view however
Plenty of youngsters here today who said they are sick of being splashed by lorries speeding past them on their way to school
Those residents who couldn't make it today have filled their windows with 'Stop Arpley' posters which can be seen throughout Saxon Park and Liverpool Road.
Inspector Alan Boyland is leading proceedings today.
We're about to get under way with opening statements
Protestors were out in force this morning with placards outside the inquiry at Orford Jubilee Hub.
They told me they want to make it clear 'enough is enough' after putting up with smells, flies and speeding lorries for years
Welcome to our live blog at the first day of the Arpley landfill inquiry.
The hearing is expected to take three weeks after operators FCC appealed a 12-year extension being turned down
Join in using #Arpley on Twitter