COMMUNITY leaders are up in arms after planning chiefs ruled Middlewich would be suitable for a landfill site.
Cheshire County Council's development regulatory committee meets this morning to decide whether to allow a new landfill site at either Kinderton Lodge in Middlewich or Clayhanger in Crewe.
But County planners, who were expected to OK one or the other to the committee, announced this week that both would be acceptable, a move which has shocked campaigners.
Middlewich mayor Chalky White said: 'It's ridiculous. There's clearly no requirement for two sites and if there was to be only one then it certainly shouldn't be at Kinderton Lodge. It's a cop-out - there's no other term for it - and it's nothing short of amazing that they've taken this action.'
Middlewich county Cllr Mark Dickson added: 'Unfortunately, I'm in a position where I think that the decision absolutely beggars belief and yet I'm not surprised by it. I have always stood by the fact that we don't need two sites and that Kinderton Lodge is completely wrong for a landfill, and I stand by that.'
The pair say they will speak at today's crunch meeting. Cllr Dickson said: 'I hope that what I say will make a difference to the final decision. Everyone in Middlewich can see that the town's infrastructure won't support the extra traffic the landfill site will bring and I've got to make that clear.'
Members of the CW10 community group have also been active. Spokesman Andy Bailey said: 'We have sent letters to members of the committee making clear all the points we, Middlewich Town Council and Middlewich and Sproston Green residents - have made all along.
'It's absolutely ridiculous that the EU is arguing we need to find suitable alternatives to landfill yet county planners respond by saying yes to two new sites.'
The county council's principal planning officer David Adams said: 'There is a need for at least one landfill site, and if we have two it will be easier for us to apply the proximity principle, which means that waste will be disposed of as close as possible to its origin.
'Although recycling is on the increase, the level of waste produced is also increasing and these sites are necessary.'