Scouthead landfill site transformed into environment success

TAKE A close look at these pictures and hazard a guess at their location…

Could it be a stimulating walking route across the Pennines or spectacular views from a countryside park?

In fact, the pictures were taken at High Moor at Scouthead, the site of the borough’s most controversial landfill site.

For several years residents and conversationalists waged war against the noxious odours and flies which pervaded homes, villages and businesses from the 400ft deep site.

But three years ago Veolia Environmental Services (VES), who manage the site, made a commitment to close the tip to the receipt of waste by 2017.

In May 2014, a vision for the site’s transformation was unveiled, including creating areas of hay meadow and wet meadow, with ponds and grassland habitat.

John Molyneux, Veolia’s Area Aftercare Manager for the North, said: “Thanks to everyone adopting good recycling habits, and Veolia altering final landform shape to allow early closure, we beat our target by four years and closed Highmoor in December 2013.

“Restoration works have progressed well and the site was covered with restoration soils last year.

“New plants and flowers are already growing on the site and these will extend the local eco-system for wildlife,” he explained.

“The site is now a success story for our environment. It shows what can be achieved when everyone recycles and we can move away from having landfill sites.

“We really like to show people how this site is being transformed and welcome visitors – they just need to contact the site to arrange a time.

“The local community have been a great help with this project and have supported us during the restoration.”

Scouthead residents David and Diane Bolan, have lived on a farm backing onto the site for 15 years and had launched a ‘Stop the Stench’ campaign which gained widespread support.

David said: “Things have really improved. There are no flies at all and the smells have vanished too. It’s gone from hell to be a heaven.”


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