Fleetwood stink nightmare continues as landfill bosses breach permit conditions AGAIN

The operators of a nightmare landfill site in Fleetwood has been in breach of permit conditions again after failing to meet an Environment Agency deadline.

On April 9, the government body served Transwaste, the operators of the nuisance site, with a Regulation 36 Enforcement Notice. This stated the site needed to go back in compliance with its permit, after it has been omitting a 'rotten egg' odour to the town of Fleetwood and beyond.

Residents say they have been forced to endue more than six month of disgusting smells emitting from the site, on Jameson Road. Some have told LancsLive they fear the intense odour has been making them ill - a consequence the Environment Agency has not ruled out.

The deadline for compliance at the site was May 15, but Transwaste failed to meet this over "external delays" and "bad weather".

Today (May 24), EA have served the operators with a second enforcement notice as it was determined Transwaste 'has not met the requirements of the first'.

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In line with their Enforcement Sanction Policy, the new Regulation 37 Enforcement Notice "has steps requiring additional temporary capping of the landfill within six weeks." It also "does suspend the acceptance of waste for direct landfilling until the further work to reduce the risk of landfill gas emission and odour impact is delivered by Transwaste."

The landfill site on Jameson Road
The landfill site on Jameson Road -Credit:Jess Brown/Action against Jameson Road, Fleetwood Landfill site gas smell

The agency stated they will be on the site "regularly" to ensure the new notice is not breached. They say covering material, such as waste inert soils can be imported onto the site for the specific use in construction of the temporary capping and cover.

In a new community update, the EA states: "We expect the operator to comply with the conditions of their environmental permit, to better manage risk on site and stop unacceptable impacts on the local community and the environment."

Residents have put up with the overwhelming odours for several months and over that time, have been making complaints of the smells to the agency. In February, there were 75 reports of the odour, but this grew to 1,379 the month after and 1,157 in April.