Fight goes on to kill off fly woes

Rod Haddon of RRP UK Ltd, Rushden, has been plagued by flies which is affecting his, and others around him, their business. They suspect the problem is coming from Monoworld Recycling. ENGNNL00120130717125337

Rod Haddon of RRP UK Ltd, Rushden, has been plagued by flies which is affecting his, and others around him, their business. They suspect the problem is coming from Monoworld Recycling. ENGNNL00120130717125337

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People living near a recycling firm have had another meeting with the Environment Agency as they fight to bring an end to four years of problems with flies.

Monoworld, based on the Sanders Lodge industrial estate in Rushden, has been criticised for the way it deals with the materials it processes, with nearby businesses and residents accusing it of causing a fly infestation that has continued for several years.

We haven’t seen any tangiable improvement in the situation

Mark Sanders

The Northants Telegraph has reported on their concerns several times, including a meeting with the Environment Agency this time last year when residents feared another summer of problems with flies.

Mark Sanders lives nearby and attended the latest meeting with the Environment Agency.

He said the meeting was ‘quite productive’ but they are still waiting to see action taken in the fourth summer that it has been an issue.

Mr Sanders said: “We haven’t seen any tangible improvement in the situation.”

While waiting for a resolution, he added: “We are going to put a flyer out stating how important it is for people to contact the Environment Agency.

“The Environment Agency manager was saying it’s vital that people call in with this information.”

Environment Agency manager Yvonne Daly said: “We understand the frustration of residents and businesses, and are working hard behind the scenes, taking all necessary and possible steps to deal with this situation.

“We have a range of regulatory powers available to us that we are using to request the operator to make improvements at the site.

“These have included audits of site procedures, serving a preventative notice and, following receipt of an improved fire prevention plan, advice to improve this further. If necessary we will pursue further enforcement action.”

“We urge the public to continue to report any nuisance to our incident hotline number 0800 807060.”

Nobody from Monoworld was available to comment.