New deadline could see end of Fleetwood stink - but residents have heard that before

Lining work to cap the problem cell
-Credit: (Image: Transwaste)


A new deadline to end a landfill stink plaguing residents of a seaside town has been issued - but fed-up residents are not convinced it will end their misery.

For over six months, people living in Fleetwood have complained of a "rotten egg" odour wafting from a landfill site on Jameson Road. People say the smell has been affecting their everyday lives, with some refusing to walk their dogs in the town.

Others have been forced to make arrangements be leave the area entirely on days when the stench is at its worst.

It has been suggested by some that the smell has contributed to ill-health including headaches, breathing problems and even nosebleeds. The Environment Agency (EA) gave the site operators, Transwaste a deadline to end the stink of May 15.

But this deadline was missed and the operators were found to be in breach of their permit.

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On April 9, EA served Transwaste with an enforcement notice stating the site needed to go back in compliance with its permit, with the operators blaming bad weather for the delays. Then, on May 24 the operators were served a second enforcement notice from EA stating they have 'not met the requirements of the first'.

Now, residents are being told there could be an end to the misery in sight. On their social media, Transwaste have posted their latest update, reading: "Good weather over the weekend meant we could have three teams out working on installing the liner. If the weather holds, this work should be finished by next week."

However, due to past promises residents don't believe this will see the end of the problems, particularly as the weather hasn't been on the town's side. On Facebook, the group 'Action against Jameson Road, Fleetwood Landfill site gas smell' has over 2,600 members, with locals posting their thoughts everyday.

Campaigner Allison Rowe says "we must not give up" and "please don't think that the fight against landfill is over, far from it." To get their message across, the locals have been organising peaceful protests, with the next arranged from Monday, June 10 at 9am on Jameson Road.

A spokesperson for Transwaste said: “With the good weather, work has progressed well over the last week and we will have teams in working this weekend to take advantage of the conditions. The vast majority of the face is now covered and we are now looking to infill the smaller more complex areas and complete any remaining welding to ensure an odour-tight seal. We are hoping to complete the work by the end of next week, weather permitting.”