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Staple Quarry Landfill site on Grange Lane, Cotham, is causing a stink in Newark at Christmas

An investigation is underway into an unpleasant odour coming from a landfill site that can be smelt up to three miles away.

Darren Misiak, a Balderton resident, said the horrible smell coming from Staple Quarry Landfill site on Grange Lane, Cotham, makes him retch and he was unable to hang out his washing.

He said the stench had got much worse within the last six months and believes it is caused by the leachate ­— the liquid produced from decomposing waste.

RESIDENT Mr Darren Misiak, who claims unpleasant smells are coming from Staple Quarry landfill site.
RESIDENT Mr Darren Misiak, who claims unpleasant smells are coming from Staple Quarry landfill site.

“It’s got to a point now that we can’t open windows and hang washing out due to the smell,” said Darren.

“I have visited surrounding villages and the smell reaches them too in Long Bennington and Claypole.”

He said he initially thought the odour may have been caused by the heavy rain and warm temperatures in the summer, but soon realised it was persisting into the colder months.

“Nine times out of ten I can smell it when I leave the house and it even makes the car smell,” he said.

“We are over three miles away and we should not be getting the smell.”

Darren said he spoke with an officer from the Environment Agency, which regulates the tip, and they agreed the smell should not be reaching as far or smell as bad as it does.

When contacted by the Advertiser, the agency said: “We are investigating complaints of odour from this site at Cotham near Newark, which we regulate.

“We take all reports very seriously as we know such problems can disrupt local communities. If anyone has concerns they should contact our incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60.”

Tim Turner, senior practitioner for monitoring and enforcement at Nottinghamshire County Council, said he had received several complaints, and raised this with the site operator and Environment Agency.

“These have been investigated and it has now been determined the likely source is the Staple Quarry Landfill in Cotham,” he said.

“Odour management systems on the site are currently under review to determine whether these are operating as approved.”

David Edwards, who works in Fernwood, said he had noticed it.

“I can smell it driving on the A1 and when I came into Fernwood. It is quite bad,” he said.

County councillor Keith Walker said: “The Environment Agency is aware of this and they are looking into it,” he said. “I am aware the agency and county council have had complaints. I have smelt it myself and it’s true it should not be smelling that bad.”

Leachate is supposed to be exported three or four times a day for treatment.

FCC, the site’s waste management company, said it installed two new leachate storage tanks earlier this year and that they had been monitored to reduce potential odours.

In a statement, the company said it had not received any substantiated odour complaints in the last two weeks.

It said: “The company operates all of its landfill sites under licence from the EA, which regulates operations at the Staple Quarry facility.

“The recent bad weather and heavy rain has presented issues to the professional management of a landfill operation such as this. As a result the company has installed extra gas wells to capture and treat gases. This action has been effective and since their installation we have received no complaints to date.”

FCC said it took its role as a good neighbour seriously and investigated all odour claims thoroughly, and an investigation was underway as to whether the odours were from its facility.

It said it would monitor the situation.

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