More than a thousand objections to Chat Moss peat extraction

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CONSERVATIONISTS have slammed the unauthorised resumption of peat extraction from land on the borough’s border.

The Lancashire Wildlife Trust today called on both Wigan and Salford Councils to take enforcement action against horticultural supplies firm William Sinclair for restarting extractions on Chat Moss without planning consent.

It has applied for permission to continue extracting peat for another 15 years now that the previous permission has expired.

But that application is still under consideration while more than 1,000 objections have been lodged about the impact on wildlife and CO2 emissions. But work has nonetheless resumed.

LWT chief executive Anne Selby said: “William Sinclair has no right to extract peat on Chat Moss without planning permission.

“We utterly condemn this illegal activity and blatant disregard for due process shown. And we call on Salford and Wigan Councils to step in and take appropriate enforcement action. Peat extraction is enormously damaging to the environment and has had its day.”

No-one was available from the Lincoln-based company to comment.