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SALFORD FLY HORROR RUBBISH MOUNTAIN NEAR CHAPEL STREET
 

Star date: 9th August 2013

NATION'S `MOST ATTRACTIVE ROAD' FLY AND RUBBISH HORROR

`There's residents trying to keep the flies off their new born babies…'

Just a couple of hundred metres from the start of Chapel Street – given the recent title of `the nation's most attractive road' – is a massive mountain of rubbish which has led to a shocking stink and horror film-style fly infestation.

Now the Environment Agency is stepping in to try and sort the gruesome site which is right at the heart of Salford's £650 Chapel Street regeneration scheme.

Full details here…


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"It started about two or three months ago" says a horror stricken local resident "There were swarms of big black flies coming into my house, flying all over the food, everywhere, and they just won't go. It's been a very hot summer and you can't open the windows and doors. Last night I spent half an hour swatting them after I got back from work. It's disgusting, awful… "

If you look down the side streets towards the back of the University of Salford buildings like Humphrey Booth House you can see this mountain of rubbish looming over the Crescent near the start of Chapel Street. The closer you get the full horror of the flies comes into view.

There's fly traps everywhere along the University buildings facing the mountain – bags attached to every wall and fence absolutely stuffed with the dead and dying insects. Hundreds and hundreds of them.

Meanwhile, local businesses have seen customers flee and residents say it's like living in a mini-monster movie. On hot days, a gross stench hangs over the area that is right at the heart of Salford Council's much trumpeted £650million Chapel Street regeneration area.

Indeed, Chapel Street, just a few hundred metres from the rubbish site, was awarded the title of, what Salford Council is calling, `the nation's most attractive road' – an award given in the 2013 Street Design Awards as Best Pedestrian Environment.

Even more galling is that residents told us that the mound was built up partly by rubble being brought from the Vimto Gardens development, which is a public/private English Partnership scheme, backed by Salford City Council – while councillors have been involved with trying to stop the rubbish tip's growth, which apparently is five times over the legal limit.

"It's a bit of a contradiction that the Council is involved in it" said a resident "I'm all for the regeneration but they need to have a bit of respect. If the Vimto developer had to live here I'm sure he wouldn't put up with it. We're all looking forward to the new apartments and shops but they need to have a bit more respect for the people who are living here."

In February this year, the site on Upper Wharf Street, run by Land Restoration (Northern) Limited, was audited by the Environment Agency which concluded that it was a disgrace…"non inert waste not being stored on concrete, mixed light weight household commercial and industrial waste (HCI Waste) in excess of the permitted levels and the Environment Management Plan not being fit for purpose".

The company subsequently submitted a new Environment Management Plan and treated the site with pesticide in June - but the Environment Agency produced a report in July stating that "We are not satisfied with the company's suggested deadlines and have issued an enforcement notice with what we consider to be appropriate time scales. We have told the company they need to be fully compliant with their licence conditions by 31 November 2013".

The report added that "flies were still an issue" and concluded that "we will continue to monitor the company to make sure they are taking action to reduce flies, odour and dust from the site."

However, surrounding businesses and residents were not happy with the November deadline… "Three months to sort it out is not good enough" a local resident told us "The flies are atrocious and the smell walking up and down the Crescent is horrific"

Another told us that "people are going through 15 fly strips a day, we're inundated. There's residents trying to keep the flies off their new born babies…Residents and businesses are rightly asking why this situation has been allowed to occur, and cannot see how the processing of this type of waste on this scale fits with the aspirations for our neighbourhood."

On Wednesday a meeting took place with councillors and the Environment Agency, after which the November deadline was suddenly ditched and the company has been instructed to stop accepting and processing the waste from 14th August.

An Environment Agency Spokesperson told the Salford Star…"We can confirm that we have notified Land Restoration (Northern) Limited of our decision to suspend acceptance or deposit of waste from 18:00 on 14 August 2013. This follows extensive investigations into odour, dust and fly issues in the area around the site."

The Salford Star tried to speak to a representative of Land Restoration (Northern) Limited but the company didn't want to comment.

Kenneth w mckelvey wrote
at 09:38:16 on 12 August 2013
Now martin Vickers is going the money they paid him £130-000 per year to me personally it was money wasted Could the council persuade all the other Fat Cats to go with him. I would like to Ask the council do we need all this dross at the top the cost to tax payers go's into to millions of pounds It all begs the question what do the Mayor and entourage and 70 Councillors actually do that they need all these Mega waged Advisers.All Salfords Assets they have privatised Housing/Street and road repairs/Park maintainance/ He list is endless.
 
Maria wrote
at 09:38:09 on 12 August 2013
This is what happens with privatisation and the people end up paying twice. Set up a company collect the rubbish make as much money as possible dont pay for the rubbish to be recycled or for it to go to a landfill site. Then and leave the council to clean up the mess when the company declares itself bankrupt. The false economy of privatisation
 
jack wrote
at 17:47:37 on 11 August 2013
maybe the good folks at turnpike house can go clean this mess up now that they have more time on their hands. fortnightly bin collections may be ok for people without kids, but sorry one size does not fit all.
 
Beryl Hawke wrote
at 07:37:35 on 10 August 2013
As Chair of the Environmental Task Group for East Salford I would like to express my disgust at the Council for the situation with the rubbish dumped near Chapel Street. As this rubbish is in East Salford I am putting it on the agenda at the next Community Committee meeting. The Environmental Dept. came up with the idea of having Mayors Street Champions. These people have agreed to monitor the area adjacent to their homes for fly tipping, dog fouling. contaminated bins and a host of other things which can contaminate the environment. Hypocrisy is one word that comes to mind. The Mayors Street Champion scheme is being taken to all areas of Salford soon and it's all voluntary. What is the point when the Council sets this sort of example?
 
Mr Whylan wrote
at 07:37:03 on 10 August 2013
Do Vimto actually know what their brand is being associated to? I doubt it, they probably got the standard B*LL SH1T off Salford council about "image", "localism", "community" and by the way please deposit the cash for your product association into bank account xxx.... Thanks Salford "connected" Council.
 
Will they ever care about the electorate? wrote
at 18:02:59 on 09 August 2013
I have said it for years and will say it again, Salford council have turned Salford into a big shit tip. Literally it seems now.
 
gaetano wrote
at 15:36:18 on 09 August 2013
I can confirm that the rubbish mountain was there well before work started at Vimto gardens. I've been wandering what kind of "facility" that is. Two chimneys are there, behind the rubbish mountain, and they appear to be active at night and in the early morning. The site used to be MTG (Manchester Tippers group), now the logo on the chimneys reads "Cemex". Are they burning rubbish in a densely populated area?
 
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