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Site shutdown 'causes fly plague'

Allington incinerator
The facility manages non-hazardous waste from households and businesses

Residents near a waste incinerator in Kent say they are being plagued by flies while the plant is closed for maintenance.

The firm running the plant says control measures are in place but local people say the situation is unacceptable.

Rob Tomsett, who lives nearby, says his daughter is afraid to eat her food.

Local councillor Malcolm Roberts said he had passed on residents' complaints to the Environment Agency, which licensed the site.

Mr Tomsett, who has lived neat the site at Allington for two years, said rubbish was still being stored on the site during the shutdown and that was causing the plague of flies.

"They are immune to fly spray," he said.

"They only started coming once the plant came. When the plant shuts down, the rubbish should be cleared up."

Site operators Kent Enviropower said: "The facility has been temporarily shut down for technical inspections and maintenance.

"We are continuing to work with the Environment Agency in respect of the handling of waste, to ensure that adequate control measures remain in place.

"Fly control measures are being undertaken daily."


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