West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has been working with Burscough residents to get West Lancashire Borough Council and the Environment Agency to take action to stop a developer digging up waste that is causing a stink for residents living near to the Abbey Lane site.
MP Rosie received complaints from Burscough residents who were feeling nauseous due to the odours coming from the currently unused site caused by the actions of the site owners digging up waste from the ground. Waste that was being stockpiled on the site and being left to rot.
An abatement notice calling on their site owner to stop their current activities was served on Friday 2 October by the Borough Council, whilst the Environment Agency is currently seeking legal advice. It is understood that in order to compost these waste materials an Environmental Permit is required yet no application has been made.
MP Rosie said:
“It is clear the priority for the site owner is not to be a good neighbour but their personal gain as they get the land prepared ahead of a planning application for housing being considered.
“On two separate occasions their actions have created dust and major odour issues, which makes them an unwelcome neighbour. These incidents have cause local residents some distress and upset. They have had to shut their windows to block out the stench from the waste. The smell is so strong it has left some people feeling nauseous.
“There has to be proper management of waste on this site whether that is containment or removal of these materials either way residents shouldn’t have to put up with this level of disruption and odour.
“I will continue to push West Lancashire Borough Council and the Environment Agency to take action necessary for the safety and protection of local residents and to ensure that the actions of the site owner doesn’t continue posing a risk to those living nearby.”