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Salford: Huge Pile Of Crap

Environment Agency slam ban on stinking dumping ground

Written by . Published on August 20th 2013.

Salford: Huge Pile Of Crap

WE'VE been hearing stories of a towering pile of waste building up in Salford near the University, just off of Chapel Street.

So we went to take a look and this is what we found:

Salford Rubbish MountainSalford Rubbish Mountain

Salford Rubbish MountainSalford Rubbish Mountain

The view from Chapel StreetThe view from Chapel Street

One of nineteen fly bagsOne of nineteen fly bags


That can’t be healthy. The Environment Agency have just slapped a ban on Land Restoration (Northern) Limited - the company responsible for this eye (and nose) sore:

“We can confirm we have notified Land Restoration (Northern) Limited of our decision to suspend acceptance or deposit of waste from 18:00 on 14 August 2013”, said a spokesman from the Environment Agency, “This follows extensive investigations into odour, dust and fly issues in the area around the site.”

Mayor Ian StewartMayor Ian StewartUnsurprisingly, Land Restoration (Northern) Limited, were unavailable for comment.

Salford City Mayor, Ian Stewart, however, was more than happy to vent his frustration: “It’s appalling that the owners have let the site get in this condition and create such misery for local residents. They need to clean up their act – and fast.

“I’m pleased the Environment Agency has slapped a ban on them taking in more rubbish and ordered them to deal with what is already on site.

“We will continue to work with them to make sure this disgusting mess is sorted out so local residents don’t have to suffer any more.”


Beetham Tower in the backgroundBeetham Tower has 47 storeys, Salford's huge crap pile has five


So what did local residents have to say about this fifteen metre high escalating pile of crap right on their doorstep?

“It’s awful. Just fucking awful”, said Graham (he requested that his surname and age be undisclosed) who we managed to collar on Oldfield Road during our visit, “That’s been looking like that for months and months, I can’t believe it’s taken them this long to do something about it. It stinks.”

He's right, the scent was distinct from at least 100 metres away, and visible from much further.

“We had to close every door and window in this cabin because of flies and the smell”, said an older man working close by who wished to remain unnamed, “can you imagine that in this heat we’ve had.”

The cabin can’t have been larger than 2m x 4m. The thought of being holed up in there during recent highs of 30°C doesn’t bare thinking about.

Infestations have been a major issue around the site, just look at this:

“When they start digging, the smell and dust is so bad that you don’t have a choice. We can’t just leave.”

He continued, “There’s girls in that factory at the back packing food that have actually vomited at work because of the smell.

“I was speaking to a guy that works there and he doesn’t reckon the company has even got enough money to get rid of it all.”

Leaving us with two burning questions:

How long have Land Restoration (Northern) Limited got to clean up their mess?

Well, having got our hands on the suspension notice served to the company by the Environment Agency, the schedule that has been set out by the agency dictates that:

- All waste that is older than seven days must be removed from the site by 1 November 2013.

- Waste heights must be reduced to five metres and no more than 100 tonnes in volume by 31 November 2013.

- All non-hazardous waste shall be stored and treated on areas of site with impermeable surface and sealed drainage by 31 November 2013.

(Curious deadlines considering there are but 30 days in November)

What happens if the rumours are founded and the company cannot afford to meet the terms of the notice? Who is responsible should the company file for bankruptcy?

Well, a spokesman for the Salford City Council has since told us that is a question for the Environmental Agency, and the Environmental Agency are yet to get back to us on this one.

So for the time being keep those noses pegged and those swatters handy. 

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10 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

tblzebraAugust 20th 2013.

Bleugh Other info here: www.salfordstar.com/article.asp…

ktfairyAugust 20th 2013.

There aren't 31 days in November - interesting deadline...

AnonymousAugust 20th 2013.

Headline isn't funny or clever. You're better than that.

AnonymousAugust 20th 2013.

Is and has been DIGUSTING for a while..in the CENTRE of as city....

JimAugust 21st 2013.

I get the train through Salford crescent and it reeks. Must be a nightmare for anyone who lives nearby.

DavidAugust 21st 2013.

This has been there for years and years.You cannot miss it if you come into Manchester by train.It just shows how liitle journalists and writers on Mancunian publications get out into the wider Greater Manchester area.Its not as bad as the London bubble that the national media lives in,but it still demonstrates a real lack of knowledge about what is happening outside The city boundaries.

AnonymousAugust 22nd 2013.

Its come up on the radar because its never been as bad as it has in the past fewmonths. Its just been stacking and stacking. Must be 20m. Thats why ppl have taken notice all of sudden

AnonymousAugust 23rd 2013.

Why not look at another tip off Liverpool Road Irlam, rubbish is seen by thousands of commuters every day. Let's face it roads and streets are full of bins, it may be green to separate rubbish but with every household having 4 bins and no where to put them the UK is one big tip.

AnonymousSeptember 4th 2013.


AnonymousSeptember 4th 2013.

yes and then theres Viridor! In fact saw one of their huge wagons going down Frederick road recently probably heading for the very same place! Viridor are another story again who, according to insiders dont even sort out blockages in pipes in their plants or burn off waste correctly at high enough temperatures leaving us all wide open to nasty airborne particles that man woman and child breathe in without question every day. Maybe its time the Environment Agency does some spot checks me thinks? Then they can sort all the algae forming in our neglected parks and bill MCC?

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