People in Heywood and neighbouring areas are suffering the devastating effects of poor planning and licensing enforcement at the Pilsworth South Landfill Site.

In December, Bury Council's Labour bosses pushed through planning permission to allow Valencia to expand further into the green-belt, at a time when it was clear that Valencia were already in breach of planning permission and licensing regulations.

Liberal Democrat candidate for Heywood and Middleton North, Tom Shaw stated "This awful situation that our community is living with has come about because of the failure of local Labour politicians to properly scrutinise and challenge:

  • The orignal planning proposal.
  • The Valencia takeover of the site.
  • The Environmental Permit.

Nor have they enforced the planning permission. Trash mountain is much higher than the permission allows.

Local people are reporting an increase in nausea, and other conditions that suggest that in addition to the smell of the mercatans (the gas being given off at the site) they are other noxious fumes being given off. 

Tom Shaw stated that "We need proper investigation on health grounds as much as anything else." and went on to say "However, with an untested risk to health we need this site closed to any new trash, and properly capped."

"Temporary suspension of an overfilled site that has breached its license is just not good enough. We need the site closed to business, permanently."

The people of Heywood and Middleton North need real an MP who will work to bring together the agencies who can sort this stink out, and Tom Shaw will be that MP.


Tom Shaw's Focus on Pilsworth Stink

Published and promoted by Paul Rowen on behalf of Andy Kelly (Liberal Democrats for a fair deal for all) both of 144 Drake Street, Rochdale, OL16 1PS

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