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Liz forces action to tackle smell from waste plant

[22/07/2013 | No comment]

For most of us, the recent spell of hot weather has meant getting out into the garden or the local park to enjoy the sunshine. But for many of my constituents in Mowmacre, the high temperatures are aggravating the stench from the local Biffa recycling plant to unbearable levels.

This issue has gone on for far too long and I’ve been working hard over the last three years to try and find a solution. Last autumn, Leicester City Council brought in external consultants to provide an independent assessment of the frequency and strength of smells coming from the plant and what is causing them. They identified a number of serious flaws and we’ve now got Biffa to start making improvements such as replacing the waste filter, boosting suction machines and mending holes in the roof and doors.

Last week, I met with senior Biffa Managers, the Assistant Mayor for Neighbourhood Services and the Abbey Ward Councillors to get an update and stress the continuing and serious concerns of local residents. I was told that Biffa have made a significant investment to upgrade the plant and that we should see a sharp reduction in the smells from August onwards. Like most residents, I’ll believe it when I see it, or rather smell it. The independent consultants will continue to assess the situation but I’d urge local residents to do their bit by reporting the smells to Biffa by calling 0116 252 7002.

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