Labour Action Team tackles smelly problem for the people of Mell

Tony Carr

 

Melling Labour Action Team got to the bottom of a smelly issue this week.

Residents had contacted Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson and Molyneux Ward Labour Councillors Tony Carr and Marion Atkinson complaining about a strong smell of manure wafting over the village.

They also complained that there were regular clouds of smoke drifting across the area.

After investigating, the course of the smell was a nearby farm on Rock Lane where manure was building up, creating a bad smell which was made worse by the dry weather.

MP Bill Esterson and Cllrs Carr and Atkinson asked Sefton Council to make a site visit to see what could be done.

Cllr Carr, who also lives in Melling, said: "The smell over Melling was really getting very strong because of this problem.

"People were complaining to me and the rest of the Labour Action Team because it was so bad. You expect some smells if you live close to farmland, but this was beyond acceptable.

"So after Bill Esterson and the rest of the Labour Action Team contacted the council, a site visit was agreed this week and we have reached an agreement with the farmer responsible to get the problem sorted."

The farmer has agreed to reduce the mounds of manure which had been left by the side of the canal and clear up further waste around the site.

Cllr Carr said he was confident that action will now be taken.

Cllr Carr said: "I asked the farmer why the problem became so bad this year and he told me it was because we had had such dry weather. This not only increased the smell but also the number of fires at the site.

"But once the problem had been flagged up to him, he agreed to deal with the problem immediately.

"I'd like to thank Sefton Council and the Environmental Agency for coming out and investigating so promptly."

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson said he was delighted the problem was being resolved.

Bill said: "We received a number of complaints from residents who said they couldn't even open their windows during the warm spell because the smell was simply so bad.

"But I am delighted that the landowner has acted responsibly and agreed to clear the offending area as well as ensure that the problem doesn't arise again.

"I and the Labour Action Team would like to thank Sefton Council and Stephen Johnson from the Environment Agency for their quick response on this issue and the farmer for acting so responsibly.

"The people of Melling should not have to endure this again."