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Bad smell threat' to residents

PUBLISHED: 16:17 25 February 2009 | UPDATED: 16:10 25 August 2010

RIVERSIDE residents could become surrounded by foul smells if a landfill site is expanded, warn campaigners.

RIVERSIDE residents could become surrounded by foul smells if a landfill site is expanded, warn campaigners.

Erith residents face having 3.6 million more tonnes of rubbish dumped next to them if proposals to expand the Rainham landfill site in Havering are approved.

Veolia Environmental Services, which provides Bromley council's bin collections and runs a recycling centre in Thamesmead, is likely to get a decision by April 9.

Colin Bloom, Conservative parliamentary candidate for Erith and Thamesmead, said: "Increasing landfill at the Rainham site could have terrible consequences for residents on this side of the river."

Together with Erith and Belvedere councillors, Mr Bloom is demanding a public inquiry. Erith, Thamesmead and Abbey Wood residents already contend with smells from Thames Water's Crossness sewage works. Last year, the construction of the Belvedere incinerator began after residents opposed the sludge-to-power plant's construction for 15 years. The Times opposed the incinerator,by launching a Don't Dump it on Us campaign in 2003.

A spokesman for Veolia said: "The planning application is to change the pre-settlement levels of the deposited waste to conform with best technical practice. Two to three years ago, due to a combination of the weather and the type of waste being delivered to the compost facility, occasional odours were carried to Kent on northerly winds. "Considerable time, effort and resource solved the problem at the compost facility. Even though the compost and landfill operations are completely independent of each other and the current application is only about the landfill, a full environmental impact assessment of all the site facilities has been carried out." Visit no2odour.wordpress.com.

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