What’s that smell? Call for action over evening odour

May 30 2018

AN unexplained smell thought to be coming from a landfill site is causing concern among the residents of Lyde Green.

The smell, which is described as having an egg or sulphur odour, is thought to be coming from the Shortwood Quarry site on Cattybrook Road. It is reported to be most commonly experienced early in the morning and during the evening, and sometimes it only lingers for a short period of time. 

Robert Howard has lived in Lyde Green since December 2014 with his wife and two-year-old son,  told the Voice: “The smell has only become an issue in the last six months or so, but is getting to the point that it will wake you up in the middle of the night. 

“It only seems to be present at certain times, but when it is it's truly awful. I think the authorities have a responsibility to consult with local communities when sites like the landfill at Shortwood become operational.” 

Mr Howard sought views of residents via Facebook, where residents reported that the smell has caused headaches and made them feel sick, and that even with their windows shut they can still smell it inside their houses. 

Helen Masey, who has lived in Lyde Green with her partner since December 2014, said: “It’s such a shame, as ‘the smell’ is the only downside to living in Lyde Green. We all hope it gets resolved as soon as possible!” 

A South Gloucestershire Council spokesman said: “We have received some complaints about an odour and these have been referred to the Environment Agency as they are the regulatory body who would be responsible for any further investigation into this matter.” 

An Environment Agency said: “The landfill at Shortwood Quarry is an operational non-hazardous waste landfill and has an environmental permit, issued by the Environment Agency, for the disposal of non-hazardous waste.

“The Environment Agency has received a number of reports of odour from the landfill and officers have visited the site in and out of office hours.  To date the Environment Agency has not traced the source of the odour, but is continuing to investigate. 

“The operator Enovert South Limited has been made aware of the complaints. The operator has work planned over the next few weeks to extend the current landfill gas collection system and the Environment Agency will be monitoring the work.”

Commenting on behalf of Enovert, managing director Alistair Holl said: “Landfill sites generate landfill gas, and at Enovert we harness this gas in order to generate electricity from a renewable source. We put significant resource into extracting gas in order to counteract odour problems and whilst we have recently received a few complaints regarding possible odours coming from the Shortwood landfill site, our investigations have shown that there are no changes and no alterations to our extraction system.

“If any members of our local community feel at any time that there is an odour, then the sooner we hear the details, then the sooner we can investigate the matter fully. We continue to operate diligently and in accordance with our site permit, as issued and regulated by the Environment Agency, and we will continue to monitor the situation.”

Residents who have concerns about a smell in our area should report it to the Environment Agency by calling 0800 807 060. 

The landfill site has permission to operate until next year. 

A MUM has published the memoirs of her son who died from cancer at the age of 28.

Mark Sims, a talented junior doctor, raised £100,000 for Cancer Research UK after blogging about his experiences of living with malignant melanoma.

Since his death last January the fund has now reached more than £200,000 and it is hoped sales from the poignant book, entitled P.S. I have cancer, will boost the total even further.

Mark, who attended John Cabot Academy, was 15 when he fought off skin cancer, caused by a genetic defect. The following 11 years Mark was healthy but a sudden stomach pain one morning led to the discovery of tumours in his liver, lung and spleen.

During his two-year battle with cancer, Mark was determined to do everything he could to raise awareness of the illness so he could help others.

Sadly Mark died on January 19, 2017, but lives on through his brutally honest and powerful blog, wrestlingmelanoma.com, which formed the basis of the book. Mark's mum Sue published the 312-page paperback through her company Poetry Space.

Sue, who lives in Longwell Green with husband Chris, said: "Mark wrote the book in the last few months of his life based on the blog he kept throughout his illness and there's been some extra material added.

"He asked me to publish it for him and, as I already publish poetry books, I was all set up to do that. I've had so many orders; it's been amazing."

Sue said: "Mark wanted to raise awareness of cancer generally and skin cancer in particular and also how you can still live a full life with cancer, as he managed to do."

The book is subtitled 'wrestling melanoma and falling in love', and chronicles how Mark met Georgie Latcham, a medical student who has since qualified as a doctor.

Sue said: "Mark met Georgie very soon after he was diagnosed. When the fundraising and blog took off he started to get invitations to talk about his illness. He contacted the University of Leicester, which is where he trained to be a doctor, and arranged to speak to medical students. Georgie was in the audience. She has since said that she'd already fallen in love with him from reading the blog and wanted to meet 'this amazing person'. They just hit it off straight away."

Mark proposed to Georgie in January 2016 on the steps of the Royal Marsden Hospital.

Sue said: "I was editing the book while Mark was still alive but I never knew about the groom's speech he wrote. He said he wanted it in the book and also read out at his memorial service by his brother Matthew. That was heartbreaking."

As well as paying tribute to Georgie, the speech thanks his parents for being an 'inspiration' to him and his brothers.

Sue said: "The first time I read it was after Mark died so it was very touching.

"I've been working with his words all year to correct grammar and to get the book perfect. I like working with his words; it brings him back. As well as being a story about Mark's illness, there's a lot of humour and hope in there. Mark had a very positive outlook on life. He loved life and loved his job as a doctor which is why he managed to keep working for part of the time he was ill. e became a bit of a hero because of his blog but to many people who knew him he was already a hero because he was always so kind and wanted to help others."


P.S. I have cancer can be purchased through Sue's website www.poetryspace.co.uk at the price of £9.95. There is a £3 post and packaging charge but people can arrange to pick it up from Sue by emailing susan@poetryspace.co.uk

All profits will go to Mark’s Just Giving fund for Cancer Research UK. You can donate directly by visiting https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Mark-Sims5