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Residents oppose human waste disposal
11:00am Tuesday 20th August 2013 in Headlines
A waste firm is proposing to double the amount of human waste it dumps by a village in north Oxfordshire.
Peter Bennie Ltd wants to dump 40,000 to 50,000 tonnes of “bio-solids” at Wroxton Fields Quarry, Wroxton Parish Council has told residents.
IThe firm has asked the Environment Agency for a licence to dump the waste, also known as sewage sludge.
The move would help soil return to a useful state after minerals have been extracted.
But Wroxton Parish Council said work to dump 50,000 tonnes since September – which finished this month – had blighted homes.
Parish councillor Michael Robart said: “The smell is pretty intolerable. “This has been done for commercial gain and not good agricultural reasons.”
The council has raised concerns over its closeness to Wroxton Primary School, impact on water quality and extra lorries.
Environment Agency spokesman Ash Dobson said: “We understand people are concerned about the proposal and we have invited them to send us their views.
“We are also sharing the results of our own water quality tests with them.”
A decision is expected by September 3.
The firm accepted in March it should have consulted residents before the first round of dumping.
The firm’s business development manager Peter Bennie said it didn’t because “we are doing this sort of thing all the time”. Last night the company was unavailable for further comment.
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