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Fly problems 'intolerable', Derbyshire residents say

Flies have long been a problem for people living near the Erin Landfill Site in Duckmanton.
Flies have long been a problem for people living near the Erin Landfill Site in Duckmanton.

A resident has called for a waste site to be shut down - amid 'intolerable' fly problems during the current heatwave.

A number of Duckmanton residents have contacted the Derbyshire Times to complain about an influx of flies apparently linked to the nearby Erin Landfill Site on Markham Lane.

Site owner Viridor Waste Management insists it has 'robust protocols' to manage flies and said environmental inspectors were satisfied by the measures in place.

Kate Bagshaw, of East Crescent, Duckmanton, said: "This is a yearly occurrence swept under the carpet by Viridor.

"The site needs closing down.

"It's too close to residential properties and puts us at risk each year.

"This long spell of warm weather is making a bad situation intolerable.

"Our kids are living in these conditions every summer and we can’t even enjoy the garden and something as simple as a BBQ.

"This needs sorting and fast," she added.

A Viridor spokesperson said: "Viridor, one of the UK's biggest recycling and waste management companies, is committed to being a good neighbour to residents who live near our sites.

"The company has robust protocols in place at Erin Landfill site to manage any on-site fly activity, which is a requirement of the site licence. These include fly spraying and ensuring waste is appropriately covered and checked daily.

"Landfill sites are regulated by the Environment Agency (EA).

"The EA visited Erin Landfill last week and was satisfied by the measures Viridor had in place to control flies.

"Fly populations naturally increase in summer months and Viridor responds accordingly, working with an independent entomologist to determine the most appropriate response.

"Viridor takes complaints seriously and has found community liaison groups attached to sites across the UK enable the sites to communicate effectively with the community. Viridor is working to establish a group at Erin Landfill site."