Nearly 600 complaints made about landfill site in just two months



Nearly 600 complaints were made about the smell coming from a landfill site in just two months.

Walley’s Quarry, in Silverdale, accounted for 23 per cent of all odour complaints submitted to the Environment Agency in October – 225 out of 992 – and 17 per cent of those lodged in September – 371 out of 2,223.

The EA has now received a total of 1,539 complaints about the landfill site over the last 12 months.

But Red Industries, which runs the site, insists that it is compliant with its environmental permit, and inspections have not identified any statutory nuisance relating to odour.

Newcastle MP Aaron Bell, who obtained the complaints figures through written questions to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, raised the issue again during the Christmas adjournment debate in the House of Commons.

He said: “The smell has been much worse in recent weeks; I think it is to do with the atmospheric conditions, although it may be to do with the operations themselves.

“I have encountered the smell myself on a number of occasions. I have smelt it when coming out of my office on the high street of Newcastle, which is more than two miles away.

“It is obviously not good for the high street to have that odour, and it is clearly affecting the quality of life of a great many of my constituents. It is serious. It is unacceptable that we are asking people to put up with it.”

A spokesman for Red Industries said: “Since taking ownership in 2016, we have, and continue to operate our facility in compliance with our environmental permit and planning permission.

“The Environment Agency published their report last year into Ambient Air Quality in Silverdale, which concluded all emissions are below relevant air quality strategy objectives for human health and environmental assessment levels.

“The facility continues to be regulated and monitored by the Environment Agency and environmental health.

“These agencies, through their inspections and visits, have not established any statutory nuisance arising from the facility, nor is there any pending or planned enforcement action in respect of odour.”





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