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I write further to my update of 7 September 2021 and in relation to increases in malodour detected last week and this week.
Environment Agency Officers attended the site on 6 and 10 September 2021 and have had regular contact with the site operator to monitor progress against the action plan they supplied on 7 September 2021. In line with our guidance, please see link below, we have issued the operator with a CCS2 score for breaches of the permit condition relating to odour control and set the operator with specific actions relating to managing and monitoring of landfill gas on site. More »
The operator, FCC, sent the following update to the community liaison group representatives this week:
"We are continuing to work with Velox over the next few weeks to further improve on site gas extraction with the following actions:
- Installation of a more reliable flare.
- Repairs and operation of electricity generation engines.
- Installation of more gas wells across the site to enhance existing infrastructure. You may notice a drilling rig moving around on site.
- Daily checks and remediation of any issues found, as well as the use of deodorisers is ongoing."
If you continue to experience malodour at an intensity and duration that it is offensive to you, or is affecting how you use your home or local amenity, please call our free 24 hour incident hotline number: 0800 807060 or e-mail us atIncident_Communication_Service@environment-agency.gov.uk. Please note that this mailbox should not be used to report the odour as is not monitored 24/7.
We recognise the distress caused by these malodours and would like to assure you that steps are being taken to address them as a matter of urgency. We continue to liaise with the operator to monitor the actions being undertaken and we will provide you with a further update on this matter no later than 30 September 2021.
Team Leader, Installations Cambs & Beds
Environment Agency | Bromholme Lane, Brampton, Huntingdon, PE28 4NE » Less
Posted: Thu, 16 Sep 2021 17:38 by Jon Chitty
I am writing to you following the increase in reports of malodour associated with Buckden landfill. We recognise the distress caused by these malodours and would like to assure you that steps are being taken to address them as a matter of urgency.
Please find below a copy of an update issued by the site operator, FCC, that was sent to the community liaison group representatives.
Environment Agency Officers substantiated landfill related odours on Sunday evening, and Monday morning during our off-site odour assessment. The landfill was also inspected on Monday morning and we confirmed that the site had experienced a failure of the temporary flare which had been installed as part of the landfill gas management controls. More »
On 7 September 2021 we received an e-mail - shown below - from FCC outlining the actions they have planned for this week to address this issue which includes replacing the failed equipment. We have instructed them to provide us with daily updates on these works and we will continue to monitor the situation closely to ensure a swift resolution.
We continue to attend the site on a regular basis to ensure permit compliance and work on the criminal investigation into the odour issues is ongoing.
Please note that this mailbox should not be used to report the odour as is not monitored 24/7.
If you continue to experience malodour at an intensity and duration that it is offensive to you, or is affecting how you use your home or local amenity, please call our free 24 hour incident hotline number: 0800 807060 or e-mail us atIncident_Communication_Service@environment-agency.gov.uk.
We will provide you with a further update on this matter no later than 17 September.
Team Leader, Installations Cambs & Beds
Environment Agency | Bromholme Lane, Brampton, Huntingdon, PE28 4NE
Dear Liaison Committee,
I'm sorry to report that our gas contractor, Velox, had a failure with one of the flares in their gas control system on Sunday morning which has led to the issues over the last couple of days. This was exacerbated by a backup system also failing. Gas extraction remains on site through the remaining flare but this is struggling to cope. Staff attended the site on Sunday but were unable to restart the flare, and after further works on it yesterday it has unfortunately been written off. A further flare has therefore been ordered and we hope to have this on site and operating as soon as possible but definitely by the end of week. In the meantime all completed waste areas have been capped, wells sealed and extraction maximised in key areas. Daily checks and remediation as well as use of deodorisers is ongoing. I can only apologise but events have been beyond FCC's control and we are working with Velox to resolve the issues as soon as possible.
Mark Mark Cheetham – Regional Manager Landfill South » Less
Posted: Thu, 09 Sep 2021 16:05 by Jon Chitty
On the morning of Friday 3 September, we will be opening the new Views Common road, the latest of the new roads constructed as part of the scheme in Huntingdon town centre. The road will be open by 6am, following some overnight works.
Views Common will connect to the A1307 (old A14) via a roundabout and provide access to and from Spittals roundabout. Weight restriction signs will be in place in advance of the approach to Views Common to inform drivers of the weight limits in Huntingdon and Godmanchester. More »
In the photo, you will see there's a footpath that runs along the west side of Views Common. We don't yet have confirmation as to whether we will be able to open this at the same as the road. As soon as we have confirmation one way or the other, we will follow up this email with an update to you all.
We understand the opening of this link road is important to many people within the local community for access to Huntingdon. To confirm the road has opened as planned, we will share a post on via the A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet social media page on Friday morning.
We'll continue to update you on our work in Huntingdon town centre as it progresses. You can find more information on our work in Huntingdon here: https://highwaysengland.co.uk/our-work/a14-cambridge-to-huntingdon/huntingdon/
Please note, on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 September, B1514 Brampton Road will be closed between 8am and 5pm. This is to complete the expansion joint works in the carriageway that unfortunately we were unable to complete earlier this month. The opening of Views Common will provide resilience to the west of Huntingdon and to Brampton while this closure is in place. » Less
Posted: Tue, 31 Aug 2021 11:33 by Kathryn Adams