“Smelly Reality” forcing residents to stay indoors on the hottest day of the year
Residents in Silverdale, North Staffordshire, claim they cannot open their windows because of the foul smell and risk of flies coming from the Walleys Quarry landfill
Image: Pete Stonier / Stoke Sentinel)
Britons living near a controversial rubbish dump are today stuck indoors because of an egg stench emanating from the dump.
Residents in Silverdale, North Staffordshire, claim they cannot open their windows because of the foul smell and the risk of flies getting in.
Neighbors say the stench from Walley’s Quarry is so bad it sometimes makes them nauseous. StokeonTrentLive reports.
That means many in the area won’t be able to lounge around in the garden as temperatures soar today.
Donna Lovatt, who lives just a mile from the quarry, is one of those affected.
She said: “In hot weather we have to close the windows because of the many flies, it’s terrible.
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“It’s gotten worse over the years. We know the warm weather is coming and we can’t enjoy it.
“Sometimes we tend to sit in the garden but most of the time we have to come in because the smell is so bad, it’s like egg.
“They use the street sweepers to help with the rubble from the wagons, but all they do is push all the rubbish into the bushes.
“The smell is so bad it stinks of excrement. It can be really terrible, it makes you sick.
“We can’t even open the windows at night.”
Builder Ashley Hawe lives less than half a mile from Walleys Quarry. He said: “It’s going to be terrible. I have a little daughter and my wife.
“Some days you can’t smell it and some days it’s really bad, mostly in summer when it’s hot.
“They keep saying it’s getting better, but it’s not getting better, it’s getting worse.
“If it’s bad, you have to close your windows and doors. You can’t go outside because it smells like egg.
“And why do you want to go outside when you can see this mountain of garbage?
“If it’s sunny, we have to go somewhere else. We’ve lived here for six years.
“It’s a nice neighborhood here, everyone’s nice, but there’s nothing you can do about the smell, if you complain they just put you off.”
Peter Malam also lives not far from the quarry.
He said: “I’m playing golf this weekend so I won’t be here. I think it just destroys your smell. My smell isn’t what it was when I was 40.
“I played golf at Wolstanton about two weeks ago, I could smell it up there but I couldn’t smell it here. I don’t know if it hangs in low areas.
“I find it strange that they are allowed to build right next to it.”
John Beresford and his wife had to complain on a bank holiday when it was hot.
He said: “It was really bad. It tends to get worse down the road.
“Our son always turns on the recycling function on his car before he gets there so he doesn’t get the smell. It was terrible.
“Before we even had a guy up here, he was a gas technician, he walked up and down the street, he said it smells like a gas leak.
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“I told him, ‘this is the quarry’.”
When we contacted Walleys Quarry about the rising temperatures and related issues, they replied: “As the Environment Agency’s own reporting data shows, as a result of ongoing efforts by Walleys Quarry Ltd.
“Emissions are at very low levels most of the time.”
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