Articles tagged with: Mowmacre


[29/07/2013 | No comment]

In her regular Leicester Mercury column, Liz talks about the ongoing smells from the Biffa recyling plant in Mowmacre. To read more click here.

[22/07/2013 | No comment]

For most of us, the recent spell of hot weather has meant getting out into the garden or the local park to enjoy the sunshine. But for many of my constituents in Mowmacre, the high temperatures are aggravating the stench from the local Biffa recycling plant to unbearable levels.

This issue has gone on for far too long and I’ve been working hard over the last three years to try and find a solution. Last autumn, Leicester City Council brought in external consultants to provide an independent assessment of the frequency and strength of smells coming from the plant and what is causing them. They identified a number of serious flaws and we’ve now got Biffa to start making improvements such as replacing the waste filter, boosting suction machines and mending holes in the roof and doors.

Last week, I met with senior Biffa Managers, the Assistant Mayor for Neighbourhood Services and the Abbey Ward Councillors to get an update and stress the continuing and serious concerns of local residents. I was told that Biffa have made a significant investment to upgrade the plant and that we should see a sharp reduction in the smells from August onwards. Like most residents, I’ll believe it when I see it, or rather smell it. The independent consultants will continue to assess the situation but I’d urge local residents to do their bit by reporting the smells to Biffa by calling 0116 252 7002.

[05/10/2012 | No comment]

I recently joined local residents at the Tudor Centre in Mowmacre Hill for a cup of coffee and some cake, as part of the World’s Biggest Coffee morning.

This was just one of thousands of events held across the country to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer.

Councillor Annette Byrne did a fantastic job organising the coffee morning. Even though times are tough, people dug deep in their pockets to raise over £400 for Macmillan, which does brilliant work supporting patients with cancer and their families. A special mention must go to my constituent Sally-Anne Parker, who made some cookie monster cupcakes which proved a huge hit!

[10/09/2012 | No comment]

The residents of Mowmacre Hill have experienced problems from foul odours since the Biffa plant opened at Hoods Close in 2003. Residents tell me that their quality of life has been ruined by the smell and they are unable to sit in their gardens, hang their washing out, or just pop to the shops when the smell is bad.

On Thursday I met with residents from Mowmacre and representatives from Biffa, Leicester City Council and the Environment Agency to discuss these problems.  Since being elected in 2010 I have worked hard to try and find a solution with the residents and agencies.  Biffa have made significant improvements to their plant in Hoods Close since then, and there have been some improvements. However, the residents are still finding the smell unbearable on certain days.  At the meeting residents told me of their continued frustrations that the smell still occurs and the effect that this has on their day-to-day lives.

It is unacceptable for the residents of Mowmacre to have to live with such a stench and I will continue to campaign with the residents and work closely with Biffa, Leicester City Council and the Environment Agency until a satisfactory solution is found.

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