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07.06.23 – Increase in complaints about Walleys Quarry, Woodland Fire in Newcastle-under-Lyme

Written by on 6 June 2023

Walleys Quarry Ltd is being asked to explain the cause of emissions provoking recent complaints from residents.

Under the terms of an Abatement Notice which came into place this year, the company agreed it must control odour problems by ‘the best practical means’ and to publicise information about what’s happening there.

In recent weeks, however, there has been a clear increase in emissions, matched by a rise in the number of complaints.

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council Leader Simon Tagg said “The Council is working on behalf of the residents who have suffered as a result of these odours, holding WQL to account and challenging them to really get a sustained grip on the issue, with the prospect of legal action if the problem isn’t resolved.”


More than 40 firefighters worked to tackle a woodland fire in Newcastle-under-Lyme on Monday night after reports were received at 5.45pm of smoke and flames coming from a wooded area in Swynnerton Old Park, near to Stableford.

Eight crews were sent to the scene, and by 8.30pm, the fire had been fully brought under control and no one was reported injured.

There are still a large number of burnt trees there which are not stable and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue are reminding people to avoid the area where possible whilst they work alongside the Forestry Commission to make the area safe.

An investigation into the cause of the fire will be completed in due course.