When the weather hits a certain temperature, most people love to sit in the backyard and enjoy the beautiful day. Unfortunately, for one village in the United Kingdom, if it gets too hot, the area starts to smell.
Dubbed the ‘UK’s Smelliest Village,’ Silverdale, in Staffordshire, has never been able to enjoy the sunshine because everywhere smells like s**t. The stench comes from the controversial Walleys Quarry landfill site, which has left the village smelling like ‘rotten flesh’ and ‘dirty nappies’.
The landfill site was converted from a quarry in 2007. Since then, the stinky situation has left residents struggling with the bad smell.
“It’s going to be terrible. They keep saying it’s getting better but it isn’t getting better, it’s getting worse. And why would you want to go outside when you can see that mountain of waste? When it’s sunny we have to go somewhere else.
“We’ve lived here for six years. It’s a nice neighbourhood here, everyone’s lovely, but you can’t do anything about the smell, if you complain they just fob you off,” said Ashley Hawe, a resident who has lived within a half-mile away from the landfill for six years.
Locals dread the hot weather as it only enhances the stench and brings swarms of flies to the area.
“We know the warm weather is coming and we can’t enjoy it. The smell is that bad it stinks like excrement. It can be really horrendous, it makes you feel sick. When the weather’s hot we have to shut the windows because of all the flies, it’s terrible,” said Donna Lovatt, another resident who lives within a mile of the site.
Thousands of complaints and protests have been made by locals. The company that runs the site, Red Industries, was previously issued with an enforcement notice by the Environment Agency for breaching its license.
In a statement, Walleys Quarry said: “As the Environment Agency’s own reporting data shows, emissions levels have reduced significantly due to ongoing efforts made by Walleys Quarry Ltd.
“Emissions are at a very low level the vast majority of the time.”