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Viridor pest problem causing Duckmanton headache

ViridorA large number of people in the Duckmanton area have contacted the Member of Parliament’s office to report excessive insect nuisance and odours linked to the Viridor Waste Management site.

Following the calls, Toby Perkins MP’s office has been in touch with Viridor last week and urged them to take urgent action to end the intolerable situation facing residents.

The Environment Agency were on site on Monday with Viridor and Radio Sheffield report  they have issued the following statement: ” The Environment Agency met with the operator Vindor of the Erin landfill site yesterday.  As a result Viridor will make a number of changes on site to minimise the number of flies that may be coming from the site.  The Environment Agency will continue to monitor the situation.

If anyone has concerns please contact the Environment Agency on 24 hr incident number 0800 80 70 60.”

Following continued complaints after the hot weekend, Toby Perkins also enlisted the help of Radio Sheffield who have visited residents of North Grove and witnessed huge numbers of flies in the kitchens of local residents. Radio Sheffield will be on site again tomorrow, and will bring much needed publicity to the issue.

Radio Sheffield also report that Viridor have issued the following statement: “Viridor, as a responsible operator, takes its commitment to environmental compliance very seriously indeed. In response to a small number of complaints, Viridor moved quickly to review site operations.

In doing so Viridor’s UK compliance team have worked closely with site operations and the Environment Agency. Whilst unable to substantiate complaints, Viridor has responded by enhancing environmental controls as precautionary measures, including: increasing the extent of fly repelling spray used, along with careful management of the tipping face and enhanced vigilance of the waste streams received. The onsite team will continue to ensure that the high standards of operation are upheld, remaining a good neighbour to the local community, whilst providing an essential waste management service to businesses and local authorities in the Chesterfield area.

We have contacted local residents and will maintain in contact over coming days. If any members of the public are still concerned about the operations at Erin, please contact Viridor directly on our 24-hour incident line 0800 9753029 or the Environment Agency, 0800 807060.”

Toby Perkins MP will visit residents of North Grove on Thursday and said; ” I am pleased that the Environment Agency are taking an interest, but I am concerned by the tone of Viridor’s statement, it suggests that they are downplaying what seems to be a significant concern. I am alarmed that they consider the problem ‘unsubstantiated’, I will be looking to visit their site when I am in Duckmanton on Thursday.

The people of Duckmanton already tolerate having the landfill site, and the least they should expect is that when serious issues like this are raised that urgent action is taken.

I look forward to hearing that the extra measures put in place by Viridor bring about an urgent improvement and will be attempting to ensure that there is no repeat.”

2 Responses to “Viridor pest problem causing Duckmanton headache”

  1. Irene Birkin says:

    Clearly the “high standards of operation” are NOT being upheld!
    A poor response from the company and somewhat arrogant.
    Increase the processes that will improve the situation -and stop brushing things off ( which I am sure the residents are sick of doing!)
    Irene Birkin

  2. Eva Fisher says:

    This is a reoccuring situation for us in Duckmanton. It happens 3 or 4 times a year and can last up to 2 – 3 weeks. There can be thousands of flys in your home at any given time and a fly strip can be filled up in a matter of hours! When enough people complain, they will do whatever they do and in a matter of days the flys are gone again. Viridor needs to be accountable to the community that it resides next too … at the very least.. offer us free fly stips and fly swatters. A program for disabled, elderly and familys with babys should also be put into place to be rewarded with free window and door screens. Nobody should have to put up with this nonsense that they are creating and we need to ensure those that are the least able to keep these filthy flys out of their food and off their bodys are protected. Anything you are able to do to get a good neighbor agreement in place with Viridor and the Community of Duckmanton would be very helpful..for future occurences. Thank you

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