UK’s ‘stinkiest village’ smothered by ‘rotting flesh’ and ‘dirty nappy’ stench

Locals have described the smell in Silverdale, Staffordshire like "rotting flesh" or "dirty nappies" with a stench so bad they fear they are being "poisoned in their own homes".

According to locals the eggy odour comes from nearby Walleys Quarry where levels of hydrogen sulphide gas are unprecedented – leading to sickness in the village.

"The Silverdale Stink," as it's known locally, has forced families to to tape up their doors and put bags over their windows to try and prevent the stench seeping through.

StokeOnTrentLive have been contacted on multiple occasions from concerned locals and reported experiencing a burning throat, headaches, asthma attacks, stress, anxiety and sleeplessness.

Red Industries, the company that runs the site, has been issued with an enforcement notice by the Environment Agency for five breaches of its licence.

The agency said hydrogen sulphide levels recorded at the site exceeded World Health Organisation guidelines.

It follows more than 5,000 complaints from residents who took to the streets of Newcastle-under-Lyme last week in protest calling for action to be taken.

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Resident Phebe Smith, 24, said: "We have been left with headaches, lethargy, nausea and have stinging eyes from the intense stench that fills our homes -this happens every day and night.

"We are being poisoned in our own homes."

Tory MP Aaron Bell has also campaigned for something to be done about the situation and has asked for a meeting with Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

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He said: "This is the biggest single landfill incident I think the country has seen.

"This is off the scale. This is clearly having an effect on people's physical health, but also their mental health.

"This is a major environmental catastrophe for the town.

"We've got so much investment coming in, but if we have this hanging over the town, quite literally, people aren't going to want to come and shop and eat on our high street."

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The problem has also affected the nearby Royal Stoke University Hospital, schools and local businesses.

Even Radio 2 presenter Jeremy Vine described it as "the worst smell in Britain" when he featured the quarry on his show.

A Red Industries spokesman said: "We recognise that we are hosted by the local communities in which we operate and are acutely aware of their concerns regarding our landfill operations.

"We have voluntarily curtailed operations to accelerate an extensive capping programme which will seal a substantial and extensive area of the site.

"This capping programme will continue throughout the remaining life of the quarry, which will stop accepting waste in December 2026, at which point the area will be restored to green field."

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