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GORDON HENDERSON MP

FOR SITTINGBOURNE & SHEPPEY

Gordon to meet Environment Agency

Local Conservative Parliamentary Candidate, Gordon Henderson, is to meet the Area Manager of the Environment Agency to discuss the way in which treated waste-paper and sewage sludge is regulated. The sludge, which is used as a fertiliser, produces an obnoxious smell that has led to numerous complaints, from Bredgar to Leysdown.

Recently Mr Henderson contacted the Agency on behalf of local residents in Sittingbourne & Sheppey to complain about a stench that has brought misery to whole communities.

At times the smell has been so bad that it has driven people out of their gardens and forced them to hide indoors behind closed doors and windows.

Now Andrew Pearce, the Environment Agency Area Manager for Kent and East Sussex, has agreed to meet Mr Henderson and discuss the way the sludge spreading is regulated. Also at the meeting will be Alan Cansdale who is the local Environment Manager for the Agency.

Mr Henderson said:

‘I am pleased that Andrew Pearce has agreed to meet with me to discuss this issue. I shall be raising again the concerns of local people and will urge the Environment Agency to find ways in which to mitigate the worst of the smell so that residents do not have to suffer similar problems next year.’

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