Waste plant causes stink for residents

Farington Estate public exhibition: Bispham Avenue resident Tim Carter
Farington Estate public exhibition: Bispham Avenue resident Tim Carter
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A controversial Leyland waste plant has been causing a stink among residents.

People living near Leyland Waste Technology Park, off Sustainability Way, have complained of a ‘foul, rotting smell’ coming from the plant in recent weeks.

The site opened last year amid bitter opposition from residents, who unsuccessfully launched a £60,000 High Court battle to prevent it going ahead.

Tim Carter, of Bispham Avenue, who spearheaded opposition group Residents Against Waste Site (RAWS), said: “The smell, which I can only describe as musty and unpleasant, has been coming and going for the last few weeks.

“You can smell it one day and then they next day it comes back even stronger. From the outset we were worried about things like this happening. This was always one of our fears.

“I don’t even live as close to the plant as some people so I can’t imagine what it must be like for them.”

The site, which is roughly the size of 14 football pitches, finally opened its doors in September and is run by Global Renewables as part of a £2bn contract between Lancashire County Council and Blackpool Council.

It is the UK’s first fully enclosed waste treatment facility and has three giant halls sorting garden and kitchen waste, kerbside-sorted recyclabes and residual waste.

Joan Langford, who lives in Stanifield Lane, said: “All the money that has been spent and things like this still happen. The smell is horrible and really strong.”

A spokesperson for Global Renewables and Lancashire County Council said: “Unfortunately we have experienced some temporary technical issues. The issues will be rectified very soon and we are working around the clock to prevent a recurrence.”