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2023-01-27 22:51

RESIDENTS have revealed what life is like in Englands smelliest town, where a horrendous stench hangs over their homes.

Locals say the fumes from a nearby landfill site leave a foul odour of bad eggs, making them ill and seriously affecting their quality of life.

Residents say the landfill site gives off a foul stench for miles around

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Pamela Morrall said that the smell is making her asthma worse

Walleys Quarry says it offers safe disposal of non-recyclable waste

The website for Walleys Quarry, located outside Newcastle-under-Lyme and two miles fromStoke-on-Trent, says it offers customers a safe disposal method for waste that cannot be otherwise re-used or recycled.

But people in the area surrounding the tip are furious about the smell, reportedly caused by the release of hydrogen sulfide gas.

Pamela Morrall, 65, a former nursery nurse, told The Sun Online: At times its so terrible it makes me sick.

AsthmaticPamela claimed that she has needed extrainhalersand medication after the smell from the site made her condition worse.

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She raged: The fumes from the waste are worst at certain times of year. I can always tell when its going off over there because I wake up in the middle of the night, sometimes at 2.30am, coughing.

Its so unpleasant, its like sulphur and gets in your throat, a burning sensation and it smells like absolutely horrible bad eggs.

The tips full of anything and everything - even obnoxious medical waste being is driven down fromScotland, weve heard and even see the lorries.

Its a dumping ground for all and were all suffering the consequences. It is such a shame, this used to be such a lovely area.

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Pamelas husband is lucky as he has no sense of smell, but she says the stench seeps through the house and leaves them unable to use their garden in summer.

Her neighbour Charles Wheadwall, 75, agrees that the smell has become unbearable.

He said: It smells like gas and its coming from the quarry near us.

Weve heard the company has started capping off part of the old quarry to burn off the gases.

It is a very pungent smell. Even when youre in the car park at Tesco on the outskirts of Stoke loading up your shopping, its really smelly. Its surprising.

The pottery manager, who has complained to the local authorities about the issue, also believes that it will depresshouse pricesin the area if anyone tries to sell up and move away.

He added: I noticed that a dozen houses had been sold then eight weeks later three were up for sale again.

I reckon the impact of thelandfilland associated smells had out potential buyers off.

A protest group called Stop the Stink was launched to pressure authorities to take action, but has so far been unsuccessful.

They claim locals are suffering from asthma attacks, headaches, stress,anxietyand sleeplessness and liken the stench to rotting flesh and dirty nappies.

Stoke and the surrounding area have seen an average of two complaints per day about the landfills pong in the past year, with 860 objections raised.

Claire Watson, an odour expert at Airmatic, said: Odour complaints are a direct result ofair pollutionin an area.

This can have a negative effect on thehealthand well-being of the residents in such areas with them breathing in air pollutants.

These can enter our bloodstream and contribute to coughing or itchy eyes and cause or worsen many respiratory conditions.

Aside from the physical health impacts, there are also the negativemental effectson residents living day to day exposed to such odours.

A spokesperson for Stoke City Council said: We are aware of the numerous complaints over the past couple of years with the issue of odour. But the situation is not prevalent in Stoke city.

It is mainly in the neighbouring town of Newcastle-under-Lyme where the quarry is and the authority there is dealing with the issue.

Walleys Quarry have been contacted for comment.

Pamela called it a dumping ground for obnoxious waste

Her neighbour Charles Wheadwall believes that it is scaring off possible house buyers

Stoke City Council said that the problem is not prevalent in the city

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