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Drop-in Sessions Planned for Walleys Quarry Residents

Two public face-to-face sessions are to be held next month so people affected by Walleys Quarry can ask questions direct.

Following a series of online meetings, the two drop-in events will be held on successive Tuesdays at Bradwell Lodge Community Centre in Newcastle.

Officers from the Environment Agency (EA), Staffordshire County Council, Public Health England, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council and Staffordshire Police will be on hand to answer questions about what is happening at the landfill site.

The events are being held at Bradwell Lodge Community Centre, Bradwell Lane, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 8PS, on:

  • Tuesday, 5th October, from 4pm to 8.30pm;
  • Tuesday 12th October, from 2pm to 7pm.

There will be no fixed presentation or speeches, and residents can drop-in at any time during the opening hours and speak directly to representatives of the councils and agencies at different tables.

Letters are being delivered to thousands of homes in the affected areas to make sure as many people as possible know about the sessions.

Numbers in the hall will be monitored to avoid over-crowding and other Covid-related measures may be in place to ensure the health and well-being of all those attending.

Simon Tagg, Leader of Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, said: “The Borough Council is continuing to receive significant numbers of complaints about foul odours coming from Walleys Quarry which are having a negative impact on residents’ health and quality of life as well as businesses.

“We understand the strength of the community’s feelings on this issue; we take it very seriously and are working closely with partners daily to monitor the situation and resolve the ongoing problems as soon as possible. The Council has also served the landfill operators with a statutory nuisance abatement notice legally requiring them to stop the smell. This has been appealed which now triggers a legal process in court.

“Keeping residents informed and updated at every turn of this complex and evolving situation is extremely important to us and even though technology has enabled us to do this safely during the pandemic, it’s great that we can now provide an opportunity where we can answer people’s questions directly.”

Alan White, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, added: “Residents of Newcastle have borne the brunt of these problems for too long and I hope they take this opportunity to come along, meet people face-to-face and ask the questions they want answers to.”

Last updated 24 September 2021

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