Landfill site open again, but pong is still present

This Is Wiltshire: The drilling rig on the site of Chapel Farm The drilling rig on the site of Chapel Farm

A LANDFILL which is the source of a smell making residents’ lives a misery in North Swindon has re-opened, despite the odour still lingering.

The Environment Agency has received 200 complaints about the Chapel Farm Site. As a result, earlier this month the landfill closed so work could be done to try and solve the problem.

Heavy machinery was brought in to install 14 new wells so Hills Waste, which runs the site, can capture the gas.

However, although some residents in the Redhouse and Oakhurst areas have complained, the site re-opened.

Hills has acknowledged there may still be a problem but the work they have done so far will be improved when the site is fuller.

Group director Mike Webster said: “The best case scenario is to place a permanent clay cap on the landfill site. “To achieve this, the site has to be filled to a certain level so we have taken the decision to reopen the site now that the work to install the additional gas infrastructure is completed. “In addition, the number of complaints has dropped significantly which indicatesthe work undertaken is proving effective.”

Since the site closed, 14 new gas wells have been connected, temporary clay capping on identified areas of gas emission has been put in place and the size of the tipping area has been reduced.

Mr Webster said: “This is a very difficult situation as we have complied with the requirements specified by the Environment Agency to minimise odours.

“It is important to understand that some odours will occur while the site remains uncapped and our decision to open the site again will expedite its permanent closure later this year. “We appreciate residents are frustrated and we would like to assure them we are doing all we can to reduce odours.”

The landfill is due to close later this year and the Environment Agency will monitor the site until it is no longer a potential problem, which is expected to be for the next 60 years. During this time it will be Hills’ responsibility to deal with any issues.

The EA has been monitoring the recent work and will continue to conduct regular inspections.

A spokesman said: “Following the completion of work drilling and connecting wells to minimise gas release from the site, Hills Waste have advised us Chapel Farm Landfill has re-opened.

“We do not believe the odours experienced have been related to the daily tipping of waste on site. “Therefore, re-opening of the site should not impact upon the actions that have been taken to reduce odour, but we will be monitoring the situation closely. “The Environment Agency will ensureHills take the necessary steps to comply with their permit to control odour.”

Coun Emma Faramarzi (Con, Priory Vale) said: “The problem we have is that while the site is closing in six months, we could have a problem for up to 35 years.

“If the smell persists the next course of action will be to ask for cross party support to contact the Environment Minister and ask him to take action.”

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9:49am Fri 28 Mar 14

silvergran says...

Pity they can't do something about the awful pong in the centre of town. Yesterday it was horrible, stink of drains all along the Parade - must put people off from coming here shopping!
Pity they can't do something about the awful pong in the centre of town. Yesterday it was horrible, stink of drains all along the Parade - must put people off from coming here shopping! silvergran
  • Score: 5

10:22am Fri 28 Mar 14

Robh says...

The number of complaints have dropped because people think there is no point. One day it will be a gas leak and bang some ones house blows up. The pong still exists and we still complain to the Environment Agency it all depends on the wind direction.
The number of complaints have dropped because people think there is no point. One day it will be a gas leak and bang some ones house blows up. The pong still exists and we still complain to the Environment Agency it all depends on the wind direction. Robh
  • Score: 8

1:10pm Fri 28 Mar 14

house on the hill says...

silvergran wrote:
Pity they can't do something about the awful pong in the centre of town. Yesterday it was horrible, stink of drains all along the Parade - must put people off from coming here shopping!
That and the fact there is nothing there worth buying anyway.
[quote][p][bold]silvergran[/bold] wrote: Pity they can't do something about the awful pong in the centre of town. Yesterday it was horrible, stink of drains all along the Parade - must put people off from coming here shopping![/p][/quote]That and the fact there is nothing there worth buying anyway. house on the hill
  • Score: 3

4:20pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Mango man says...

I don't live in that part of town but surely the smell can't be that bad otherwise the site wouldn't be allowed to reopen.
Glad I resisted the urge to buy on the northern expansion, went there the other day and it looks horrendously overcrowded, cars parked on every pavement, feral youth hanging about etc etc........awful place
I don't live in that part of town but surely the smell can't be that bad otherwise the site wouldn't be allowed to reopen. Glad I resisted the urge to buy on the northern expansion, went there the other day and it looks horrendously overcrowded, cars parked on every pavement, feral youth hanging about etc etc........awful place Mango man
  • Score: -3

6:16pm Fri 28 Mar 14

candid friend says...

Hill,s are alleged to have made fat profits out of this.they should be forced to elimate the stink.do the directors live within smelling distance of the pong?
Hill,s are alleged to have made fat profits out of this.they should be forced to elimate the stink.do the directors live within smelling distance of the pong? candid friend
  • Score: 2

8:56pm Fri 28 Mar 14

dukeofM4 says...

Hot summer day outside Abbey Meads village centre, the summer stinks has been going on for years.
Hot summer day outside Abbey Meads village centre, the summer stinks has been going on for years. dukeofM4
  • Score: 2

9:44pm Fri 28 Mar 14

jayrory says...

its amazing people know about the landfill site. SO DONT MOVE THERE, they moan about the speedway track that as been there all these years. SO DONT MOVE THERE, they moan because they don't want more houses built there, they are fine ones to say that, they did not moan when there estate was being built. simple don't like it go back to where you come from
its amazing people know about the landfill site. SO DONT MOVE THERE, they moan about the speedway track that as been there all these years. SO DONT MOVE THERE, they moan because they don't want more houses built there, they are fine ones to say that, they did not moan when there estate was being built. simple don't like it go back to where you come from jayrory
  • Score: -2

2:25am Sat 29 Mar 14

greenpacer says...

I quite agree with jayroy
I quite agree with jayroy greenpacer
  • Score: -2

5:37pm Mon 31 Mar 14

candid friend says...

This site on the edge of Swindon has not been filled exclusively with Swindon rubbish.
Pong has been imported from a wide area-where Council/Residents resistance to smelly sites has been strong-and dumped on Swindon, at a fine profit to the contractors.
This has led to it filling up in record time, and the North Swindon population being left with the pong, probably for years!
This site on the edge of Swindon has not been filled exclusively with Swindon rubbish. Pong has been imported from a wide area-where Council/Residents resistance to smelly sites has been strong-and dumped on Swindon, at a fine profit to the contractors. This has led to it filling up in record time, and the North Swindon population being left with the pong, probably for years! candid friend
  • Score: 0

11:14am Tue 1 Apr 14

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

jayrory wrote:
its amazing people know about the landfill site. SO DONT MOVE THERE, they moan about the speedway track that as been there all these years. SO DONT MOVE THERE, they moan because they don't want more houses built there, they are fine ones to say that, they did not moan when there estate was being built. simple don't like it go back to where you come from
The trouble with that idiotic statement is that I "came from" North Swindon.
[quote][p][bold]jayrory[/bold] wrote: its amazing people know about the landfill site. SO DONT MOVE THERE, they moan about the speedway track that as been there all these years. SO DONT MOVE THERE, they moan because they don't want more houses built there, they are fine ones to say that, they did not moan when there estate was being built. simple don't like it go back to where you come from[/p][/quote]The trouble with that idiotic statement is that I "came from" North Swindon. The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
  • Score: 0

6:53pm Tue 1 Apr 14

jayrory says...

have you ever thought it may not be the tip it could be a farmer spreading his muck people are to quick to jump and if people was not to put food waste in a wheelie bin that would help because that is a lot of where the smell comes from, far to much crap goes to landfill, and if you can smell the tip from north Swindon you must have a good sense of smell because I have never smelt anything try closer to home maybe?
have you ever thought it may not be the tip it could be a farmer spreading his muck people are to quick to jump and if people was not to put food waste in a wheelie bin that would help because that is a lot of where the smell comes from, far to much crap goes to landfill, and if you can smell the tip from north Swindon you must have a good sense of smell because I have never smelt anything try closer to home maybe? jayrory
  • Score: 0

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