I was very disappointed to hear that the odour at the Finmere Landfill Facility has been particularly bad in recent days, especially in the evenings. Following an increase in reports to the Environment Agency, I have been told the following:
We have received a large increase in malodour reports associated with Finmere landfill for the 12 and 13 April. As a result we have had officers in the Area last night, and again this morning to investigate. Our officers are undertaking a full inspection of the landfill today to establish the cause of the off-site odours and determine what actions can be taken to address this.
We will provide a further update once we have more information.
It remains important that you report the odours to us via our incident hotline on 0800 807060 as soon as possible after detection of a malodour. This allows us to target our investigation in real time making it far more likely we can establish a source and take appropriate actions to address the problem. Our own inspections and odour checks only provide a snapshot of the impact this issue is having, your calls ensure we have an accurate record of the extent of the problem.
I share everyone's frustration that the odour remains a problem. We had all hoped the remedial work would be completed a lot quicker than it has given that an enforcement notice was first served over a year ago now. I will continue to liaise with the Environment Agency and make it clear that the residents of Finmere need to see a long-term solution to the issue.