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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

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Neighbours complain over return of Barrow waste plant odour

BUSINESSES say a foul smell from a Barrow waste processing site has returned, a year after the facility was temporarily closed down by officials.

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WASTE PROCESSING Shanks mechanical biological treatment plant at Sowerby Woods, in Barrow, where a fly and odour problem occurred last year JON GRANGER REF: 50051603B002

The Environment Agency has confirmed that several new complaints have been lodged against the Shanks mechanical biological treatment plant in Barrow.

The processing plant was forced to stop processing waste in August 2013 after neighbouring businesses were plagued by flies due to waste being stuck in a pit.

Back then, the Environment Agency briefly suspended the plant’s licence, making it unable to process waste from Barrow, South Lakeland and Eden while the site was disinfected.

However, there are now reports that a bad smell has returned to the business park.

A businessman from the Sowerby Woods industrial estate, who did not wish to be named, said he had called on the Environment Agency to investigate again.

He said: “Last year the industrial estate was plagued with a load of flies and I have phoned up the Environment Agency to complain again.

“There is a bad smell in the area and they have done nothing about it. I’m so angry at the firm. They are horrible neighbours.”

Catherine Evans, investigating officer at the Environment Agency, said: “We have received a number of complaints from members of the public about odour which is believed to have originated from the from the Shanks MBT site in Barrow.

“We are currently advising Shanks MBT on how they can look to reduce odours from their site, we will continue to talk to them about improvements that they could make at the site.”

Phil Watts, contract manager at Neil Price Ltd, also based in the industrial park, said the smell had returned but the situation was not as bad as last year.

He said: “It does smell but it just depends on which way the wind blows. When it’s running it can smell bad but we don’t get the flies anymore. They seem to have sorted that.”

A spokeswoman for Shanks said: “Shanks is aware of a small number of complaints raised regarding odour at its Southern Resource Park and is working with the Environment Agency to investigate and resolve the matter.”

The MBT plant is operated and controlled by Shanks Waste Management Ltd on behalf of Cumbria County Council as part of a 25-year waste management contract agreed in 2009.

Have your say

For gods sake - get a grip! Last year it was flies - this year its smell. These complainers really need to get there facts right. I too am near the plant and I get visited by a young lady from there every couple of weeks. The fact of the matter is, the farmer in the field behind has been constantly muckspreading, Sinkfall Recycling over the back have green waste which gets turned every few days and you have got wax lyrical with candle smells, also Wicks keep there waste out on their yard.
I cant believe the Evening Mail is reporting on such a pathetic story. Come on people.
This company are dealing with YOUR waste, from YOUR BINS!

Posted by Getalife on 1 September 2014 at 15:53

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