Waste material causing Droylsden smell won’t be removed until May
Tuesday 27th March 2018 @ 15:27 by Tom Greggan
Droylsden News Tameside

Illegal waste on a site in Droylsden that has been plaguing the town with a terrible smell won’t be removed until May.

A legal notice has been served on the occupiers of the land, requiring them to prevent the re-occurrence of the odour nuisance, and expires on May 1st.

Only then can enforcement teams move in to remove the waste. Recent sampling by the Environment Agency found that the waste causing the smell is a much smaller quantity than the total amount of waste on the site.

In a newsletter sent to residents, the Environment Agency, Tameside Council and the office of Angela Rayner MP say they committed to removing the waste in May and are currently establishing a plan to do so.

The cost of removing such a large amount of waste is substantial but the relevant agencies say they do not want that cost to fall on taxpayers. They are looking at short-term public funding to remove the odorous waste as soon as possible, which could then be paid back through the criminal justice system.

Angela Rayner MP

Commenting on the latest update, Ashton, Droylsden and Failsworth MP Angela Rayner said: “The ongoing suffering that the people of Droylsden and beyond are experiencing because of the odours from this site is utterly unacceptable. The work that the Council and the Environment Agency are doing to resolve this matter is commendable but because of the legal processes that have to be followed the length of time that this is taking is incredibly frustrating.

“I am pleased that there is a plan to remove at least the waste that is causing the odour ready to be executed as soon as is legally possible and I have already had preliminary conversations with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in London about funding this plan. I will be following this up formally in writing to the relevant Government Ministers so that our request is a matter of public record and cannot be ignored.”

Tameside Council and the Environment Agency have received 254 odour complaints between them from Droylsden residents since the saga began before Christmas, with 13 residents have keeping and submitting odour diaries. Agencies are encouraging more residents to keep diaries, as they will help bring those responsible to justice.

Further air sampling has taken place and results continue to show that there is no reason to suspect the presence of anything which would be harmful to long-term health.

A number of residents who live close to the site have reported incidents of threatening behaviour and a Police Liaison Officer, PC Lee Broadbent, is dealing specifically with those matters.

Any immediate police matters should be reported to the usual 101 or 999 numbers, but PC Broadbent can be contacted on [email protected]

New information regarding waste on the site should be reported to the Environment Agency, via 0800 80 70 60, or [email protected]

To report any new information on the odour nuisance, residents should call Tameside Council on 0161 342 3129 or e-mail [email protected]