Rotting waste site kicks up stink

ROTTING allotment waste is at the centre of a row today after a 50ft long compost heap was created unannounced next to an Ipswich woman's bungalow.Furious Colchester Road resident Anna Capasso is kicking up a stink after the huge dumping ground was dug parallel to her back garden and only yards from her kitchen door.

ROTTING allotment waste is at the centre of a row today after a 50ft long compost heap was created unannounced next to an Ipswich woman's bungalow.

Furious Colchester Road resident Anna Capasso is kicking up a stink after the huge dumping ground was dug parallel to her back garden and only yards from her kitchen door.

However the borough council have insisted only leaves and wood chippings will be put in the heap.

Measuring 50ft by 20ft, the area will be for the benefit of the allotment holders who use the field directly behind Ms Capasso and her neighbour's homes.


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But, while the green-fingered plot holders will welcome the new facility, Mrs Capasso is less than impressed.

She fears her enjoyment of her garden will be spoilt by the stench of dumped rotting waste.

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And Ms Capasso is also angry because she claims no one from the borough council consulted with her before digging the foot-deep trench which will house the dump.

She said: “I have had no warning about this. I'm going to be forced to live next to a compost heap without being asked.

“I won't be able to sit in my own garden and enjoy dinner anymore. And it will smell the most in summer when I will want to be using my garden.

“The council say they don't need planning permission because it's going to be no more than two metres high. They say it will only be used for grass or leaves but they can't stop people throwing rotten vegetables on there. It will certainly attract vermin, which could come into my garden.

“And it could easily be more than two metres high, which will make it taller than my fence.”

Ms Capasso's father Antonio bought the bungalow in 1976. He said the family had never had a problem with the allotment before.

Mr Capasso added: “It's a huge dump. The smell will be terrible.”

A spokesman for Ipswich Borough Council apologised for not informing Ms Capasso about the work.

He continued: “The proposed compost site will be use solely for leaves and wood chipping which should not create unpleasant odours. There are no plans to use any form of farmyard waste for this compost.

“We will be looking at the position of the compost again and will keep the resident informed of any discussion made.

“This type of initiative will aid the council in its effort to protect our environment from dangerous climate change by reducing transportation and the emissions caused by land-filling this material.”

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