Community benefit after smell hell

The Farington Waste Technology Park Education Centre
The Farington Waste Technology Park Education Centre

Up to £100,000 a year will be donated to the community that has been plagued by bad smells leaking from a Leyland waste plant.

Lancashire County Council has confirmed it will hand out the cash as a ‘gesture of goodwill’ towards the residents of Farington who have been affected by odours from Farington Waste Technology Park.

At a public meeting on Monday, chiefs from the council, who jointly run the £320m waste plant with Global Renewables Lancashire, said the money would come from deductions in the council’s payments to the waste giant as a result of not fulfilling their obligations by continuing problems with bad smells.

Steve Scott, head of waste management at Lancashire County Council, said: “We have spoken to the deputy leader of the council and have agreed in principle to donate up to a maximum of £100,000 per year into a community fund.

“These aren’t fines or compensation, it is a gesture of goodwill to the people of South Ribble and Farington.”

- For the full story, see this week’s Leyland Guardian