WALES: SLURRY WORRY; Ex-Businessman Says He'll Go to Court to Stop Firm Spreading 'Stinking Sludge on Held Next Door

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WALES: SLURRY WORRY; Ex-Businessman Says He'll Go to Court to Stop Firm Spreading 'Stinking Sludge on Held Next Door


Byline: By CARL BUTLER

A RETIRED businessman is threatening legal action against a company spreading effluent containing human sewage on a field next door.

Ian Glass says the neighbouring field is waterlogged, and the stinking sludge is running onto the road and into the water course

GEWS of Penrhyndeudraeth, which gets the effluent from Welsh Water, has sprayed the field next to Mr Glass's home in Bodfari road, Llandyrnog, near Denbigh, once a year for the past five years.

The Environment Agency last night confirmed it would be carrying out an investigation into the matter.

In a letter to the company threatening legal action, Mr Glass says: "Not only have we had to deal with the smell, but also considerable inconvenience and danger as your vehicles have obstructed vision from our driveway, and on occasions blocked it entirely.

"This year, starting a week before Christmas, has been as bad as usual, with your staff pouring thousands of gallons of effluent onto waterlogged land, resulting in overflow onto the roadway, and pollution of the waterways.

"This, combined with the noise starting at 7.30am, the mess caused by your vehicles parking on the grass verge, and hand wipes being thrown into the hedge, has finally resulted in action having to be taken."

Mr Glass, who claims spraying comes within 24ft of his house, wants written assurances the company will act on his complaint or he will take legal action.

Mr Glass said: "I have lived in the farming community all my life, and am descended from a local farming family. The fact is this is the first time in half a century I've been moved to take action."

Mr Glass said the company had told him they had deposited 250,000 gallons of effluent on the field in three weeks.

Today Environment Agency Wales is due to visit the site.

His allegations are strongly refuted by GEWS operations manager Llyr Williams. "I have been on the telephone this morning to the council (Denbighshire) and they have no problem with us. …

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