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Westbury fly problem sorted, says waste plant owners
The fly infestation that blighted Westbury throughout July is now under control, according to the operator of the biological waste treatment plant at the centre of the issue.
Ed Dodd, divisional director of Hills Waste Solutions, which runs the recently opened plant at the Northacre resource recovery centre in Northacre Industrial Park, told an area board meeting that the plant had implemented new fly control measures and is continuing to improve a Fly Management Plan to be enacted at times of prolonged hot weather.
He also confirmed that the Environmental Agency and environmental health officers at Wiltshire Council were satisfied that the level of flies at the NRRC facility were now at acceptable levels.
Complaints started on July 9, with 50 complaints received by the council, while the EA received just over 100.
One of the complainants, Neil Martin, who lives in Oldfield Road, Westbury, said: “It’s nowhere near like it was when it was at its worse in July, but we are still getting a few flies flying around.”
Mike Cuthbert-Murray, of Haynes Road, said: “It’s not as bad any more and I would say that it is back to normal. You will never eradicate the flies completely, but it’s definitely better.”
Katherine Storey, who lives in Paxman’s Road, said: “I still think there are too many flies, but it has definitely lessened and it’s not nearly as bad as it was during July. It is still difficult to eat outside, though.”
Westbury North cllr David Jenkins added: “As far as I can see, I think the problem has been resolved in the surrounds of where I am and I live near the plant.
“We are not getting many flies at all now, only the odd one or two. I think it was a combination of the hot weather and the plant going through its commissioning phase.
“The difficulties in the plant have been sorted and hopefully with those measures in place, we won’t see a recurrence of this problem in the future.
“It was very difficult for the community and I was getting a lot of calls about it.
"Hills worked quickly to find a resolution after the problem was made clear.”
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