MP seeks safety assurance over fumes from quarry

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28 Sep 2012

RESIDENTS campaigning against noxious fumes coming from a North Staffordshire quarry have won the backing of Newcastle’s Labour MP Paul Farrelly.

Mr Farrelly has written to the Environment Agency after residents complained that they are forced to stay indoors and keep their windows closed because of the fumes escaping from Walley’s waste site, off Cemetery Road, Silverdale.  

This is not the first time that Newcastle’s MP has taken up the issue on behalf of local residents.

Around 18 months ago the quarry owners, Lafarge Aggregates, installed a £1 million gas management system designed to optimise gas extraction at the site and to reduce the noxious smells.

“These measures were welcome at the time, but they have clearly not eradicated the smells completely and a number of residents have contacted me in recent weeks expressing their concerns about the problem,” Mr Farrelly said.

Residents fear the smells may be caused by organic matter and Mr Farrelly has asked the Environment Agency to confirm that materials currently being processed at the quarry are non- hazardous.

In his letter, Mr Farrelly also pressed the Agency for an assurance about what steps they propose to take to address the renewed environmental concerns expressed by families in Silverdale and Thistleberry.

“It is vitally important that the Agency ensures that the company operates this site to the highest possible environmental standards and also takes full account of the legitimate concerns of local people,” he said.