The hot and bothered residents of the UK’s “stinkiest village” say that, unlike the rest of Britain, they won’t be enjoying the sun today.
As mercury soars to a stifling 35°C on the hottest day of the year, poor people in North Staffordshire will be trapped indoors.
Residents who live near the controversial Walleys Quarry landfill in Silverdale say they can’t even open a window day and night thanks to the “egg” stench coming from the dump.
And despite the 29C forecast in Silverdale today, sunbathing and barbeques will also be off the menu thanks to pong that has been ruining people’s lives for years.
The bad smell – aggravated by the heat – also brings swarms of flies on hot days making life completely unbearable.
Builder Ashley Hawe has lived less than half a mile from Walleys Quarry for six stinking years.
He says he is “deceived” when he complained about the smell to Red Industries, who run the stinking well.
He groaned, “It’s going to be terrible. They keep saying it’s getting better, but it’s not getting better, it’s getting worse.
“And why would you want to leave when you can see that mountain of garbage? When it’s sunny, we have to go somewhere else.”
Donna Lovatt, who lives less than a mile from the quarry, says the smell is like “crap” and makes her “sick.”
She added: “We know hot weather is coming and we can’t take advantage of it.
“The smell is so bad it smells like excrement. It can be really awful, it makes you feel sick.
“When the weather is hot we have to close the windows because of all the flies, it’s terrible.”
Despite efforts to smile and put up with the smell, Donna said she has to stop activities in the garden as the stench is unbearable.
Peter Malam also lives within walking distance of the quarry – which was converted to a landfill in 2007.
He said: “I think it destroys your scent. My scent is not what it was when I was 40.
“We even had a guy up here, he was a gas engineer, he was walking up and down the road, he said it smelled like a gas leak. I told him ‘it’s the quarry’.”
The stinking situation over the years has sparked a wave of protests and campaigns by neighborhood groups demanding change.
A group called Stop The Stink has lobbied for years to end the stinking misery – but to no avail.
The group was banned from protesting outside a quarry following a temporary order brought in by the owners of Red Industries.
This comes despite the landfill having raised major health concerns from residents – with one mother saying her son was “struggling to breathe”.
Rebecca Currie, 41, claims the pungent smoke is shortening five-year-old Matthew’s life.
And she insists her premature son with chronic lung disease is suffering needlessly from the smell.
Another mother, Suzi Stringer, who lives just 100 meters from the landfill, says her family was plagued by nosebleeds from the “harmful” site.
In a statement, Walleys Quarry said: “As the Environmental Agency’s own reporting data shows, emission levels have significantly reduced due to the continued efforts made by Walleys Quarry Ltd.
“Emissions are at a very low level most of the time.”
Sun Online reached out to Red Industries for comment.