Rushden recycling plant gets go-ahead to add new unit

Monoworld, which has been blamed by nearby residents and businesses for causing three years of fly infestations, has been granted permission to add another unit at its site
Monoworld, which has been blamed by nearby residents and businesses for causing three years of fly infestations, has been granted permission to add another unit at its site
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A recycling plant that has been blamed by nearby residents and businesses for causing three years of fly infestations has been granted permission to add another unit at its site.

Monoworld on the Sanders Lodge industrial estate in Rushden was granted permission to build another unit by Northamptonshire County Council’s Development Control Committee on Tuesday, despite receiving 20 letters of objection.

Residents say they have suffered three years of fly infestations caused by working practices at the site.

The Environment Agency (EA) has been investigating the claims and had no objection to the new unit, believing it may help to alleviate the problem.

An action group has been set up to fight for the closure of the plant.

Member Mark Sanders said: “Those of us living and working in the radius around the Sanders Lodge site have been trying to pursue the matter through local and county council as well as extensive engagement with the EA over the past three years.

“None of the bodies we have engaged with appear to be prepared to accept ultimate responsibility for either the presence of a totally unsuitable business operation in a completely unsuitable location or ridding the wider community of this hellish problem.”