'Nuisance' smell row leads to dozens in Johnstown seeking compensation

Published date: 17 December 2013 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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PEOPLE living near a controversial landfill site are seeking compensation from the High Court over its bad smell.

A total of 112 residents in Johnstown who live near the Hafod landfill site are seeking compensation from Cory Environmental Ltd for the “nuisance” they allege they have experienced from the site.

The residents are also applying to the High Court for an injunction to prevent the “continuation of the nuisance in the future”.

Cardiff-based Hugh James Solicitors is representing the residents in their joint pursuit of claims.

Gwen Evans, partner at Hugh James leading the case, said: “The residents allege there has been an unreasonable odour nuisance.

“It is not constant but from time to time they have had to close windows, retire from their gardens and have been unable to hang their washing outside because of the smell.

“It is a matter live in the High Court and it is for the court to decide what happens now.”

Complaints have been rife among residents and motorists on the A483 for many years about the smell coming from the site.

Last year members of the Hafod Environmental Group lost their legal battle to limit the lifespan of a landfill site near their homes.

The campaigners lost a legal appeal at the High Court in Cardiff in November 2012 and in September were refused permission to mount a further appeal by the Supreme Court in London.

The group has been fighting for years to overturn a change in planning consent, allowing tipping at Hafod Quarry, Johnstown for a further 35 years.

Landfill began at the quarry in 2006 and the campaign group wanted to reduce its lifespan to about five years.

A spokesman for quarry owners Cory Environmental declined to comment on the legal action yesterday.

The High Court has ordered all claims will be considered at the same time in way of a group litigation order.

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