Barbara Keeley

MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR WORSLEY AND ECCLES SOUTH

Barbara urges Salford Council to hold firm on plans to end peat extraction at Chat Moss

Barbara has written to Salford Council to object on behalf of local residents to a recent planning application to extend peat extraction at Chat Moss until 2025. Barbara and local residents believe the Council should continue with its proposal to restore the land to its natural state as mossland.

Barbara said:


“I have walked to the areas of Chat Moss where peat is extracted and I have seen how modern extraction methods have damaged the woodland. It is a bleak-looking landscape and extending peat extraction until 2025 will only lead to further damage to the land. Local residents have told me they believe peat extraction on this land has to stop now so that it can recover from the damage that has already been done.

“Chat Moss is the largest area of Grade 1 and 2 farm land and semi-natural woodland in Greater Manchester with much agricultural potential. It is a vital habitat for local wildlife such as water voles, dragon flies, moths and butterflies. It could play an important role in combating climate change if allowed to return to its natural state, as peat bogs help lock away carbon dioxide.

“In March this year the then Environment Secretary Hilary Benn MP called for the phasing out of peat-based composts for sale in garden centres by 2020 in favour of peat-free alternatives which are widely available. Continued peat extraction at Chat Moss is unnecessary.

“The Council should hold firm on its plan to restore the land at Chat Moss back into a mossland and a vital green lung for people in Worsley and Eccles South.”


Barbara is supporting the Save Chat Moss campaign run by The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside: http://www.lancswt.org.uk/index.php/save-chat-moss.php

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