Complaints over landfill as firms fear impact on trade

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ANGRY businessmen claim a Doncaster landfill site is costing them thousands of pounds in lost trade.

An official complaint has been lodged with the Environment Agency because of concerns over smells and rubbish being blown from the Croft Farm site in Carcroft.

Phillip Kiddy, of Kiddy Carpet Tiles, Jamie Parker, of Owston Hall Hotel, Simon Clarkson, from Floorserve, Richard Shearman, manager of Agricultural Auctioneers and Reptile Realm manager Steve Calladine have joined forces to lobby for improvements.

Mr Parker said: “Last week we went out and collected four bags of rubbish from around the front of the entrance.”

Mr Kiddy said he was concerned the problem was stopping customers from visiting his store on Owston Road. He believes it is the cause of a fall in residential business.

The Environment Agency confirmed it had received several complaints about smells from the Askern Road site which it believed was because of temporary pipe works which had been completed.

A spokesman for Veolia Environmental Services, which runs the site, said the firm had worked with the Environment Agency to invest in technology to create gas from waste which is turned into electricity to power 2,000 homes.

He added litter rarely left the site but it conducted regular inspections and the firm was willing to work with the local community.