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UK Village Can't Open Windows, Sunbathe Or Have BBQ On Hottest Day Of The Year

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UK Village Can't Open Windows, Sunbathe Or Have BBQ On Hottest Day Of The Year

It's the hottest day of the year in the UK - and conveniently, it's fallen on a Friday.

That right there is a recipe for BBQs and beers in the sun; but for one village, this sadly won't be the case.

Not the place to be at the moment. Credit: SWNS
Not the place to be at the moment. Credit: SWNS

Silverdale, in Staffordshire, has earned itself the unfortunate title of 'UK's smelliest village', meaning enjoying the sunshine there will be s**t - 'cause everywhere stinks of s**t.


The stench is emanating from the controversial Walleys Quarry landfill site, which locals claim has left the village smelling like 'rotten flesh' and 'dirty nappies'.

And the 29C heat there today is only going to enhance the pong, and bring with it swarms of flies.

Builder Ashley Hawe - who has lived within half a mile of the site for six stinky years - said he was dreading the hot weather.

"It's going to be terrible," he said.


"They keep saying it's getting better but it isn't getting better, it's getting worse.

"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."

Ashley ain't happy. Credit: BPM
Ashley ain't happy. Credit: BPM

Donna Lovatt, who lives within a mile of the quarry, said the s****y smell leaves her feeling ill.

She added: "We know the warm weather is coming and we can't enjoy it.

"The smell is that bad it stinks like excrement. It can be really horrendous, it makes you feel sick.

"When the weather's hot we have to shut the windows because of all the flies, it's terrible."


The quarry was converted to a landfill site in 2007, and resident Peter Malam reckons it's done permanent damage to his senses.

He said: "I think it just destroys your smell. My smell isn't like it was when I was 40."

The ongoing stench has sparked thousands of complaints and protests from locals, and Red Industries - the company that runs the site - was previously issued with an enforcement notice by the Environment Agency for breaching its licence.

The locals understandably hate it. Credit: BPM
The locals understandably hate it. Credit: BPM

In a statement, Walleys Quarry said: "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."

LADbible has contacted Red Industries for comment.

Last year, a spokesperson for the company said: "We recognise that we are hosted by the local communities in which we operate and are acutely aware of their concerns regarding our landfill operations.

"We have voluntarily curtailed operations to accelerate an extensive capping programme which will seal a substantial and extensive area of the site.

"This capping programme will continue throughout the remaining life of the quarry, which will stop accepting waste in December 2026, at which point the area will be restored to green field."

Featured Image Credit: SWNS/BPM

Topics: UK News, Weather, Weird

Jake Massey
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