Manchester Friends of the Earth welcomes today’s (Friday 9 November 2012) decision by Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, to uphold Salford Council’s refusal to give planning permission for peat-extraction at Chat Moss, near Manchester. 
Friends of the Earth’s North West Regional Campaigner Helen Rimmer said:
“It’s a huge relief that common sense has prevailed and Eric Pickles has refused to allow further peat extraction at Chat Moss.
“It beggars belief that in 2012 companies still want to destroy British peat bogs. These are important wildlife sites that ‘lock in’ carbon and reduce flood risk.
“The Government has rightly set targets to end the use of peat in horticulture and there are plenty of peat-free alternatives – digging up bogs for our gardens is unnecessary vandalism and must be stopped.”
CONTACTS FOR COMMENTS
Helen Rimmer, Friends of the Earth’s North West Regional Campaigner. Mobile 07940 006783.
Pete Abel, Manchester Friends of the Earth co-ordinator. Mobile: 07951 642858.
Notes to Editors:
2. A public inquiry began in March this year into whether peat extraction should continue at Chat Moss following a decision by Salford City Council’s Planning and Transport Regulatory Panel to http://www.salford.gov.uk/pr-11-2895.htm in June 2011. The Panel refused to grant permission on four grounds – one reason was that the continued extraction of peat will lead to significant carbon dioxide emissions.
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