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Stench from Shropshire bio-gas site blamed on new employee

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A "dreadful" stench coming from a bio-gas site in Shropshire was caused by an employee who did not know the correct procedures, bosses have said.

Residents in Park Lane, Woofferton, near Ludlow, have complained over the smell coming coming from the Marches Biogas digester in recent weeks, to the extent that Vivienne Parry, Shropshire Councillor for Ludlow South, said she had "no alternative" but to report the firm to the public health department of Shropshire Council.

She said she had been there as recently as Saturday.

"Several residents in the Park Lane area of Wooferton have complained to me of the smell and flies emanating from this plant over the last few weeks. I have visited the area several times and the smell is truly awful," she said.

"I feel particularly sorry or the residents of the old peoples home only some 200 yards from the site."

However, Phil Dobson, director at Marches Biogas, said the firm had already been in touch with Shropshire Council's public health department over the matter, which was now resolved.

He said: "We do two checks every day and have spoken with residents about it.

"The source of the odour did need dealing with, it was down to a new employee who wasn't aware of the correct procedures. They are now very aware of the procedures.

"It has all been dealt with," he added.

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