Rushden firms plagued by infestation of flies

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Businesses on a Rushden industrial estate have hit out at the ‘revolting’ number of flies in the area.

A number of businesses on the Sanders Lodge industrial estate have pointed the blame at a recycling company, Monoworld, for causing the problem.

Rod Haddon of RRP UK Ltd, Rushden, has been plagued by flies which is affecting his  business and other ones on the Sanders Lodge Industrial Estate.

Rod Haddon of RRP UK Ltd, Rushden, has been plagued by flies which is affecting his business and other ones on the Sanders Lodge Industrial Estate.

Workers on the estate said the flies are affecting business and are a health hazard.

Mark Reed, of Stovart Ltd, said: “It’s revolting really.

“It’s disgusting. If you have customers come into the office you have to explain what the problem is to the customer, it’s embarrassing.”

Mr Reed added that staff have to cover their food and drinks, otherwise they will be covered in flies.

Stephen Blyth, an administrator and buyer at Webster Racing, said he feared the flies were a safety hazard.

He added that he has given up trying to eat his lunch on the estate because of the amount of flies, and now travels to a cafe every day.

Rodney Haddon, of RRP (UK) Ltd, said: “Something needs to be done, the problem started last year when Monoworld moved on to the estate.

“But it is a lot worse this year with the hot weather.”

The Environment Agency said it is aware of the issue and is working with Monoworld to tackle it.

Charles Phillipps, a senior environment officer for the Environment Agency, said: “Several weeks ago we ensured that the company put a plan in place to clear their site of any waste that can lead to an increase in flies.

“This will take time to complete and they are aware that the recent hot weather has led to increased problems.

“The plan they have is due to be completed in the next few weeks.

“We will continue to work with the local authority to ensure the company deal with the issue as quickly as possible but recognise this will not lead to an immediate solution.

“We will keep the community aware of every step and ensure the company work to the highest standards.

“Monoworld have been very co-operative and understand the impact their operation is currently having. We will be reviewing their plans with them in light of the current weather conditions to ensure they get to a solution in the quickest time possible.

“In the meantime, anyone experiencing problems with flies should report this to the site directly or to our 24 hour hotline on 0800 80 70 60.”

Nobody at Monoworld was available for comment.