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'We can't live like this': 'UK's smelliest village' where residents are 'poisoned' in own homes by stink
Residents of the place say they have been breathing in the smells of "rotting flesh" and "dirty nappies" for years now.
Residents of a small village in the UK live in constant fear and claim they are being slowly poisoned by the stink wafting from a landfill site nearby.
Silverdale, also known as 'UK's smelliest town', is located right next to Walleys Quarry, a landfill site near Newcastle. Residents of the place say they have been breathing in the smells of "rotting flesh" and "dirty nappies" for years now.
According to reports, the smell has only become more intoxicating in the past few years and the residents have resorted to taping up their doors and putting bags on their windows to keep out the stink.
To add to their fears, worrying levels of hydrogen sulfide gas have been recorded in the area, with residents falling ill at several places.
Some locals have said the stench is unpleasant at it often leaves a burning sensation in the back of their throats, Some have reported headaches, asthma attacks, stress, and sleeplessness.
Now, more than 5,000 inhabitants of the area have complained about the nauseating smell of rotting flesh and eggs.
Things don't look good for the children of the village as well. Teachers have complained the kids are unable to concentrate in classrooms and don't want to play outside.
“I was so upset by it and really struggling to breathe and I was very panicked that I couldn’t breathe, so I went into the bathroom because that was the least intense place to be in the house – I was trying to out-run the smell,” a 24-year-old resident was quoted as saying by Metro.co.uk.
"It's revolting, nobody should be forced to live like this. It's Third World stuff. It makes you physically wretch and causes really bad headaches. At night it can be impossible to sleep,” said another resident.
Red Industries, the company that runs the landfill site, has been used a notice by the Environment Agency for five breaches, according to a report by Mirror. However, the problem is far from over for residents of Silverdale.
"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.” said a Red Industries spokesperson.