10.03.23 – Walleys Quarry Update, Staffordshire Police meet Uplift Target
Written by Hitmix Local News on 14 March 2023
A five month compliance period for Walleys Quarry to stop smell nuisance from the landfill site ended this week.
Since the Abatement Notice was first served in August 2021 there has been a significant reduction in odours.
Despite marked improvements in the overall situation the Borough Council is still closely monitoring the landfill site and any concerns will be raised directly with the operator.
However, if needed, the Council can now pursue a prosecution against Walleys Quarry Ltd if it considers the operator has failed to follow best practice and that the failure has affected the community.
Simon Tagg, Leader of Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, said: “This has been a lengthy process to get to the point where the Council has these powers and it is good to see the significant reductions in both off-site odours and complaints. There is still room for improvement, but the situation is much better and there is a greater openness brought about through mediation about what is happening at the site and the steps being taken to manage it on a day-to-day basis.”
More than 1,900 officers are now serving communities in the County as Staffordshire Police celebrate achieving the national Police Uplift Programme target.
Staffordshire Police is proud to announce the achievement of reaching and surpassing its Uplift target as they continue to focus on community priorities and the success of their new policing model.
At the beginning of the programme, the Home Office set Staffordshire Police a target of a total headcount of 1,948 police officers in force. They have recruited more than 800 officers since July 2019, which has seen their workforce grow from 1,648 operational officers, to 1,973.
The achievement forms part of the government’s national Police Uplift Programme, which aims to recruit an additional 20,000 officers in England and Wales across 43 different forces, by the end of March 2023.