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Health tests carried out on Droylsden air after ‘toxic smell’ complaints
Wednesday 20th December 2017 @ 14:41 by Tom Greggan
Droylsden News

Health tests have been carried out on air in Droylsden after members of the public raised concerns over a toxic smell over the past week.

Local residents took to social media to complain of a sulphur-like smell with many also contacting the council and the Environment Agency.

The Environment Agency visited a site in Droylsden on Friday to investigate the smell and potential illegal waste activity. They could not confirm the location of the site in question as it is part of an ongoing investigation

Tameside Council confirmed they had attended the site with the Environment Agency and had found illegal activity. A council spokesperson said: “We are working in support of the Environment

Agency following a number of reports from the public of odour issues and illegal waste activity on a site in Droylsden.

“On Friday 15 December our officers attended the site along with officers from the Environment agency and police and found an illegal landfill site and waste transfer facility in operation. We are pleased that the Environment Agency has taken immediate action to stop these activities whilst they carry out their enquiries, and we will continue to support them with their ongoing investigation.”

An Environment Agency spokesperson added: “The Environment Agency takes waste crime very seriously.  We have recently been receiving reports of odour, and a potential unauthorised waste activity, in the Droylsden area.  We are currently working with our partners, including Tameside Council and Greater Manchester Police, to investigate these reports.

“We will continue to monitor the situation while the investigation is ongoing and will take appropriate action if we identify any illegal waste activity.  We would encourage anyone who sees potentially illegal waste activity to report it by calling our incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60.”

The council also moved to allay resident’s fears over potential health hazards. Public Health England carried out a test of the air yesterday but the results offered no reason for alarm.

“We are aware of the concerns of local residents about odours being emitted and any potential health effects,” the Tameside Council spokesperson continued. “We are currently liaising with Public Health England and taking their advice. On Tuesday 19 December, a specialist team carried out testing of the air in the vicinity, however we currently have no reason to suspect the presence of anything other than the emissions which would normally be expected from a regulated landfill site.”