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Westbury woes: smells and flies

August 6, 2021 4:13 PM

Residents in Westbury have been complaining for weeks about the awful smells in Westbury eminating from the Northacre site.

Scores of people in Westbury have been unable to sleep at night with their windows open because of the "horrid" flies and smells coming from the town's Northacre Resource Recovery Centre.

The centre is owned by Swindon-based Hills Group processes more than 60,000 tonnes of Wiltshire's waste using mechanical and biological and treatment methods.

But residents will have to endure three more weeks of the 'Westbury pong' while they wait until the end of August for work to finish replacing bio-filter systems that may help reduce the strong odours.

The town's mayor, Cllr Sheila Kimmins, said: "The smell has been absolutely appalling for people who are living there, especially those in Storridge Road.

"They cannot sleep at night-time with their windows open and there are people with young children who cannot enjoy their gardens.

"The flies at the beginning of the summer were horrid. It's like leaving your dustbin for two weeks and it's 24/7. It's no fun."

It is next to the site on the Northacre Industrial site where Northacre Renewable Energy Ltd wants to locate a £200 million energy from waste incinerator.

A letter from Mike Hill, the company's chief executive, says the replacement of odour filters takes 12 weeks to complete. The company is expecting work to finish just before the August bank holiday weekend.

'Disgusting Westbury pong' forces families to stay inside | Wiltshire Times