Landfill site kicks up a stink with Lancashire villagers

EYESORE: The landfill site in Clayton-le-Woods
EYESORE: The landfill site in Clayton-le-Woods
  • Residents living close to Clayton Hall Sand Quarry say they are plagued by awful smells
  • Parish councillor Alan Cullens demands answers from the waste firm

Residents are kicking up a stink about a landfill site in Chorley.

People living close to Clayton Hall Sand Quarry, in Clayton-le-Woods, have said they are being plagued by awful smells and loud seagulls.

It’s been going on for at least four or five years, residents are having to deal with awful smells, it’s just getting worse.

Alan Cullens

And their claims are being supported by parish councillor Alan Cullens, who is demanding answers from the waste firm.

“I want an answer, Neales have caused enough nuisance already,” Coun Cullens told the Evening Post.

“It’s been going on for at least four or five years, residents are having to deal with awful smells, it’s just getting worse.”

Calls have been made for the waste to be capped and landscaped.

It is claimed that the waste is now attracting a number of seagulls and flies.

Coun Cullens added: “The noise from the seagulls can be heard from more than 100 yards away.

“I was there last week and the noise was terrible.

“The land needs to be capped and landscaped, especially with the warmed weather coming up.

“It will only get worse, something needs to be done as soon as possible.”

A private meeting was held last month between officials from Neales Waste Management and two residents.

Despite the best efforts of Coun Cullens, he hasn’t yet received a reply off the company.

He said: “I want to arrange a public meeting with the company, but it’s proving near impossible to contact them, nobody knows who is in charge.”

A spokesperson from Neales Waste Management said: “A private meeting was held at the site last month.

“We have received feedback from residents and they have said that we are open and receptive.

“We will continue to deal with any complaints that residents lodge to us.”