‘We are facing smell problems too’

We know what you're going through: Residents living near the Global Renewables site in Thornton are now experiencing odour problems like those in Farington
We know what you're going through: Residents living near the Global Renewables site in Thornton are now experiencing odour problems like those in Farington

An angry resident living close to a waste plant emitting nasty smells similar to those experienced in Leyland has said: “We’ve all been hoodwinked.”

Global Renewables, which jointly runs the Farington Waste Technology Park with Lancashire County Council, also has a recycling site in Thornton, and has previously maintained that there are no issues with smells there.

Now, a resident from the area has called the Guardian to say a row has erupted like the one battled out in Leyland, after complaints of bad odours coming from the site started a few months ago.

Global Renewables is attempting to combat the problem in Farington by increasing the height of its biofilter chimneys, and has recently proposed to do the same in Thornton.

Thornton resident Roger Harlow said: “It seems that Leyland was a trial for the chimneys, and now they’re trying it here.

“People have really been hoodwinked with the whole thing; something as big and important as this should have been done right in the first place.

“Why weren’t the chimneys proposed in the original plans to make sure this didn’t happen at all?”

Other residents in the area said ‘it’s like a giant chemistry set gone wrong’ after planning permission was granted for the Thornton plant to build five 25-metre high odour control stacks towards the end of last year.

Work on Leyland’s chimneys finished in December. Both sites opened in 2010 and the smells first became an issue in Leyland in February 2011.

Mr Harlow added: “I live half a mile away and it really stinks.

“There is a football ground and housing estate next to it, and it’s becoming a real problem.

“Things like this should be fool-proof.”

A spokesman for the firm said: “The work at Leyland was able to begin earlier than at Thornton and the results are now showing with a significant reduction in odour complaints.”

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