Kicking up new stink on smells at quarry site
A COUNCIL leader has raised concerns about 'disgusting' smells coming from a quarry – which he claims have now reached a busy town centre.
Gareth Snell, leader of Newcastle Borough Council, has criticised the owners of Walley's Landfill Site for not dealing with the odours.
In an e-mail to the landfill operators, he said: "Our worst fears have come true and, as predicted, the smell from the site has become considerably stronger as the weather becomes wintry.
"This situation has now reached a point that is entirely unacceptable.
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"It is incumbent upon your company to redirect all of your efforts to eradicating the bulk of this smell."
Lafarge Aggregates opened the landfill site on Silverdale Road for non-hazardous waste in 2007.
But residents have already threatened legal action over the smell which they claim leaves them unable to open their windows.
Rebecca Braithwaite, aged 33, from Silverdale Road, said: "The smell is still disgusting. It just doesn't seem to be getting any better at all.
"We have complained about it on numerous occasions but have still not heard anything back.
"You can smell it from inside our house with the windows and doors shut, so it is a very strong odour."
Investigators have already found a gas-type odour at the business.
And the borough council, along with the Environment Agency, is continuing to investigate the site.
Knutton and Silverdale ward councillor Mr Snell said: "Anything less than directing 100 per cent effort and resource to reducing the smell will not be acceptable.
"I think that Lafarge need to publish an action plan of what they will now do to deal with the smell."
Residents, who have also complained about an increase in congestion since the landfill site opened and an influx of seagulls, have welcomed the council support.
Housewife Ms Braithwaite said: "It is reassuring to see that members of the council are taking this seriously.
"We feel we have been getting nowhere with our complaints."
A spokesman for Lafarge said: "We have been working hard to reduce potential odour sources and are determined to continue to take steps to ensure the site does not impact on our neighbours.
"We would like to assure people that we are leaving no stones unturned.
"We encourage people to contact us directly and swiftly if they detect an odour, letting us know where and when they noticed it."