Staffordshire locals keep windows shut in 29C heat due to eggy stench

Despite being the hottest day of the year so far, residents across North Staffordshire are not enjoying the scorching weather as they have had to resort to keeping their windows shut to avoid the 'eggy' smell coming from a nearby quarry.

Many have been left unable to bask in the 29C heat because of the foul odour coming from the controversial Walleys Quarry in Silverdale. 

Some claim it's not even possible to open a window or enjoy their own gardens as mercury rises. 

North Staffordshire residents have been complaining about an 'eggy' odour coming from Walleys Quarry in Silverdale (pictured) which means they cannot enjoy the UK's sunny weather. As temperatures rise to 29C, locals have told how they are keeping their windows shut to avoid the stench

North Staffordshire residents have been complaining about an 'eggy' odour coming from Walleys Quarry in Silverdale (pictured) which means they cannot enjoy the UK's sunny weather.As temperatures rise to 29C, locals have told how they are keeping their windows shut to avoid the stench

Donna Lovatt, who lives within a mile of the quarry, is among those affected. 

She said: 'When the weather's hot we have to shut the windows because of all the flies, it's terrible.It's gotten worse over the years. We know the warm weather is coming and we can't enjoy it.'

Ms Lovatt added that sometimes the stench is so bad she has to come back in from the garden 'because the smell is that bad'.

She continued: 'They're putting the road sweepers out to help with the debris off the wagons, but all it's doing is pushing all the rubbish into the bushes.

'The smell is that bad it stinks like excrement.It can be really horrendous, it makes you feel sick. We can't open the windows at night time either.'

Locals claim it's not even possible to open a window or enjoy their own gardens during the hottest day of the year so far. Finding somewhere else to go and enjoy the sun is sometimes the only option, residents fume

Locals claim it's not even possible to open a window or enjoy their own gardens during the hottest day of the year so far.Finding somewhere else to go and enjoy the sun is sometimes the only option, residents fume

For builder Ashley Hawe, who lives within half a mile of Walleys Quarry, finding somewhere else to go to enjoy the sun is the only option. 

He said: 'You can't go outside because it smells of egg.And why would you want to go outside when you can see that mountain of waste? When it's sunny we have to go somewhere else. 

'We've lived here for six years. It's a nice neighbourhood here, everyone's lovely but you can't do anything about the smell, if you complain they just fob you off.'

The 'eggy' odour is also said to be effecting the sense of smell.

Peter Malam, who also lives a short distance from the quarry, said: 'I'm playing golf this weekend so I won't be here.I think it just destroys your smell. My smell isn't like it was when I was 40.

'I played golf at Wolstanton about two weeks ago, I could smell it up there but I couldn't here. I don't know if it hangs in low areas. I think it's strange that they're allowed to build right next to it.'

Fed up residents have even made complaints as the problem continues to get worse.  

Complaints about the eggy stench have been made and the quarry responded, stating that 'emissions are at a very low level the vast majority of the time'

Complaints about the eggy stench have been made and the quarry responded, News stating that 'emissions are at a very low level the vast majority of the time'

John Beresford and his wife complained one bank holiday when it was hot. 

'It was really bad.It tends to get worse at the bottom of the road. Our son always turns the recycle function on his car before he arrives so he doesn't get the smell. It was awful.

'Before, we even had a bloke up here, he was a gas engineer, he was walking up and down the road, he said it smells like a gas leak.I told him 'it's the quarry'.

The couple contacted Walleys Quarry about the rising temperatures and the problems it would cause.

They responded: 'As the Environment Agency's own reporting data shows, emissions levels have reduced significantly due to ongoing efforts made by Walleys Quarry Ltd.Emissions are at a very low level the vast majority of the time.'

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