“Stench, dust and flies” set to continue as Mucking landfill looks for extension

A CONTROVERSIAL landfill site in Essex looks set to scar the landscape for a further five years despite widespread public anger reports the Thurrock Enquirer.

RESIDENTS in East Tilbury are set to face more years of heavy lorries hauling material to the Mucking landfill site despite promises the site would be redeveloped in 2011.

Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation’s planning committee is being recommended to grant site operators Cory an additional five years to complete restoration work on the controversial site next Monday – after missing an official restoration deadline.

Over the past three decades the site has continually courted controversy over problems with smell and the danger to residents and the environment from trucks.

A long-term, leading critic of the site is local ward councillor Barry Palmer who, when plans for the extension were announced in June, said: “This latest application is very frustrating and devastating for the residents of East Tilbury ward and part of Stanford-le-Hope West who were looking forward to the end of tipping activities at Mucking which have brought so much blight and misery to the area from the stench, dust and flies emanating from the site’s activities and the danger, intimidation and damage by HGV movements to and from the site for 30 years.

“The access to this site is via Walton Hall Road – that was once a quiet country lane.

“Ancient hedgerows along this road fronting and listed properties have needed unsightly motorway steel bollards and barriers to protect them from the ongoing destruction.

“Enough is enough.

“I call on the Development Corporation to please recommend refusal for this latest planning application and insist Cory are held to their present permissions, sparing local people and the environment a further five years of misery.”

However, the application, which was fiercely opposed by Thurrock councillors, has taken months to bring to the Development Corporation, leaving them little room to react – though tip opponents have urged that they could drastically cut the five years being sought to complete the work.

Cory says it needs the extension because the soil needed to ‘cap’ the landfill site, where tipping stopped at the end of 2010, has not been available in enough quantity.

As well as the five years, Cory wants the maximum number of lorry movements permitted on any working day to be increased to 240 – double the current number.

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