Protest victory

Residents protesting at plans to build a waste processing facility on land off Greenfold Way
Residents protesting at plans to build a waste processing facility on land off Greenfold Way

RESIDENTS are celebrating after a council planning committee rejected controversial plans for a large waste recycling facility.

Campaigners objecting to the plans to build a 24-hour waste depot at Green Fold Way, in Leigh, greeted the decision by Wigan Council’s development committee to throw out the proposals with cheers and applause from a packed public gallery.

Protestors claimed the extensive facility, which was proposed by Atherton-based company JWT Waste Services which has since been bought by Viridor, would damage local businesses such as the Greyhound Hotel with unpleasant smells and cause traffic chaos on surrounding estate roads.

Ward councillors and Leigh MP Andy Burnham were among those who joined the campaign, sending hundreds of emails and petitions to the town hall.

Bernard Wells, speaking on behalf of the residents, said: “The right decision had been made that Green Fold Way is not an appropriate location for a waste recycling facility.

“This achievement was not down to any one person or organisation but was a credit to the whole community for working together to achieve this result.

“The businesses on the park have offered their support, saying that such a facility will damage business and lead to overall loss of jobs, and our MP and ward councillors have worked on our behalf.”

Councillors at the planning hearing criticised the lack of plans to control potential odours coming out of the facility.