People living near a recycling plant are worried there will be another fly infestation this year.
There were complaints last summer about the number of flies coming from the Mono- world site on the Sanders Lodge industrial estate in Rushden, which made life a misery for people living and working nearby.
As warmer weather approaches, residents are worried the flies will come back and are calling for action. Last week a number of residents were invited to look round the site and there was a meeting of residents, councillors and representatives from the recycling company.
Rushden Town Council leader Sarah Peacock, who organised the meeting, said: “We had a good meeting and they gave us an update on their plans, we’ve now got to wait and see what happens when the weather picks up. We’ve got another meeting planned for June but hopefully the equipment Monoworld have put in this winter will help.
“We’ve all got to help; bottles and tin cans have got to be rinsed out before recycling otherwise it has a knock-on effect.”
A resident who attended the meeting and site visit but did not wish to be named said: “It’s hard to impress on people how awful the last two summers have been. You would go down in the morning and have to kill a dozen flies before you could even have your breakfast, and then kill another dozen when you’d finished.
“The site manager told us how much money the company is investing in the site and they obviously are, but it is a hideous place to look at.
“He told us they were going to start chemical spraying and that the people doing it would have to wear protective clothing; I’m not overly thrilled by the notion of the choice of having a houseful of flies or lethal chemicals.
“My aim is to have the unit closed down, it is wrong to permit this kind of industry within spitting distance of a residential area.”
A statement from Mono-world said: “Monoworld Recycling is working closely with the Environment Agency, local councillors and its neighbours to address any concerns regarding increases in the local fly population throughout the summer months. We have implemented a pest management plan. The plan will utilise a range of control and operation techniques and will see the company invest up to ten times the amount it has was invested in the past two years for pest control.”