AN ELDERLY Bradley couple claim that their lives are being made a misery by lorries using a landfill site.
Frank and Irene Orwin say dozens of large container lorries speed past their house and neighbours’ homes daily, despite a 15mph speed limit being in place.
They claim that some of the lorries arrive as early as 6.30am which is strictly against the licensing rules. Last week one crashed into a lamp-post in the narrow road, causing it to topple over. The residents are still waiting for the street light to be replaced.
The couple live in Westwood Street, just off Lower Quarry Road which is the access road to the massive Bradley Park landfill site. Much of the road is single track and one section contains an old railway bridge with a weight limit of 38 tonnes.
The tip is owned by Syngenta and Mrs Orwin says that there were no problems until a Scottish company took over running the tip earlier this year. The firm is listed as Bradley Park Waste Management Ltd, of West George Street, Glasgow, on a board at the entrance to the tip. However, their contact telephone number is listed as being in Huddersfield.
Last May the Environment Agency altered the company’s licence so that it could accept all types of waste. The permit allows over 25,000 tonnes to be dumped at the site, located in a former quarry in a semi-rural area next to a nature reserve.
Mrs Orwin said: “It is a bit of a nightmare. We are fed up with all the noise and the speeding.
“It is a residential area and the containers are not supposed to come early, but some of them come at 6.30am and they make a great noise. Sometimes you get four of them in convoy. It is just not on.
“The trees, walls, grates and roads are being damaged and now the lamp-post.”
Mrs Orwin walks with a stick after suffering from two strokes.
She added: “The speed limit is 15mph, but they go a lot faster than that.
“It is dangerous. You have to look left, right, left before you cross the road. I shook my stick at one of the drivers because he was going so fast. He seemed surprised and stopped.
“We have been here 10 years, but it has never been as bad as this.”
No-one was available at the firm to comment.