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Working Party Wants More Views about Landfill Site

Residents and businesses are being given another opportunity to have their say about a landfill site in Silverdale.

A scrutiny review working party set up to consider concerns about Walleys Quarry Landfill is inviting more comments from the public which will help to further direct a second planned Zoom meeting, this time with site regulators, as part of a scrutiny inquiry into the operation of the site.

The working party – appointed by the Economy, Environment & Place Scrutiny Committee – “met” with community groups, representatives and local businesses on 12 August and is now using that information to decide what needs to be discussed with the Environment Agency, the Council’s Environmental Health department and the County Council’s planning department, which gave permission for the landfill site. You can watch a YouTube recording of the meeting here: https://bit.ly/3kVp3CW

Any additional comments can be e-mailed to DemocraticServices@newcastle-staffs.gov.uk by midnight on Monday, 24 August or posted to Democratic Services, Castle House, Barracks Road, ST5 1BL.

Cllr. Andrew Fear, chair of the scrutiny review working party, said: “The Council has received many complaints about Walleys Quarry – 69 since January 2020 alone – and our role is to investigate these further, with input from everyone who is involved in the site, in a fair and transparent way.

“Our first virtual meeting went well. It was a very informative session and we were really encouraged by the fact it was watched live by approximately 90 viewers on Zoom and YouTube. We’re keen to get as many views as possible from the public at this first stage of the scrutiny inquiry so we’re giving those who were unable to participate last Wednesday night another chance to make their views known to us.”

Site operators RED Industries will be invited to attend a third Zoom session to answer any questions from the panel and to make any representations. The working party will then carefully consider everything it has heard and is aiming to produce a report, containing any recommendations it is able to make, for consideration by Full Council by the end of year.

The Environment Agency has monitored the site to gather scientific evidence, and the Council has also carried out its own investigation in light of the complaints.

Initial findings have shown that while smells have been detected, the issues raised do not meet the threshold for statutory nuisance abatement action to be taken by the Council.

Residents who experience problems relating to Walleys Quarry can report issues online https://bit.ly/2FEaeVv or call the Council on 01782 717717 as well as the Environment Agency on 0800 80 70 60.


Last updated 19 August 2020

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