Barbara has welcomed the decision made by Salford Council’s Planning and Transportation Panel to refuse planning permission for the continued extraction of peat at Chat Moss. The company involved had sought permission to carry on extracting peat from the land until 2025.
At a meeting of Salford Council’s Planning and Transportation Panel on Thursday 30th June, councillors voted unanimously not to allow the company to continue extracting peat at Chat Moss.
Barbara has consistently opposed the proposed extension of peat extraction at Chat Moss and has visited the site to see the impact of peat extraction on land that was formerly lowland raised bog.
“I am delighted that Salford Council has decided not to grant permission for the continued extraction of peat at Chat Moss and that the objections I have raised at every opportunity, on behalf of local people, have been listened to.
“By putting an end to the cutting of peat at Chat Moss the peat bog can now start to play an important role in combating climate change. Peat Bogs, like Chat Moss, lock away carbon dioxide. This reduces the amount of carbon emissions that are released into the atmosphere.
“The decision made by Salford councillors to refuse future peat extraction on the land now means that this vital habitat can be restored and protected.
“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 and acts as a green lung for the local community and people throughout Salford.
“Salford Council has held firm on its plan to restore the land at Chat Moss back into a moss land and a vital green lung for people in Worsley and Eccles South. This is a great victory for local people and I congratulate the councillors on their decision.”