Walley’s Quarry Landfill Site, Cemetery Road, Silverdale, Newcastle under Lyme ST56DH

Closes 1 Mar 2022

Opened 3 Feb 2020


Walley’s Quarry Landfill Site, Cemetery Road, Silverdale, Newcastle under Lyme ST56DH

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Update 24 February 2021

In response to increased community concern of odour within Silverdale and the surrounding areas we installed an Air Quality Monitoring unit on the 24 February 2021 in the grounds of the Severn Trent Pumping Station off Galingale View.  This location is within a direction where residents have reported concerns of odour.

This Mobile Monitoring Facility (MMF) will remain in place for at least 3 months and collect monitoring data continuously.  The unit will monitor for the same parameters as previous studies. For more information on previous studies please go to the section below entitled ‘Air Quality Monitoring’.  The data will be collated into a full and summary report which will also be provided to Public Health England to provide expert opinion on any human health impacts.  We will then share the findings with local residents, including an assessment of any environmental impacts. We are considering options to provide updates to the community while the monitoring is taking place and will confirm how these will be provided shortly.

Above: This is from Galingale View on the newer housing estate. The green box in the bottom right corner is where the monitoring station is being deployed.

Update 10 February 2021

Air Quality Monitoring – Silverdale                                 

In response to increased community concern of odour within Silverdale and the surrounding areas we have been making arrangements to install Air Quality Monitoring Equipment. We are currently working to resolve electrical installation requirements and anticipate the equipment will be installed by the end of February.

This mobile monitoring equipment will remain in place for at least 3 months and collect monitoring data continuously.  The equipment will monitor for the same parameters as previous studies.  The data will be collated into a full and summary report which will also be provided to Public Health England to provide expert opinion on any human health impacts.  We will publish the findings on our webpage and share them with the liaison group.

For more information regarding our previous Air Quality Monitoring please see the section below entitled 'Air Quality Monitoring'

Update 1 February 2021

We have continued to complete amenity assessments within the local area. We have completed 8 assessments for odour since the 1 January 2021 and visited the site on 2 occasions (11 January and 27 January)

  • We have detected odour at some locations, but not at a level considered to be of annoyance.  Details have been provided to the site operator. 
  • During the last visit on the 27 January odour was detected on the newer housing estate at a level of 2/6 (near Barnacle Place).  On further investigation approximately 2 hours later the odour has dissipated.  

Operations to bring the landfill to the final levels under the Planning Consent are continuing.  The area nearest to the Garners Garden centre is currently being completed to final levels. It is currently anticipated disposal of waste in this area will be completed in early February.

Completion of waste disposal within this area will enable:

  • the installation of further deep gas extraction wells for the control of landfill gas.  We have approved the construction design for these wells during January.
  • the area to be capped and sealed.

We will continue with odour assessments and visits to ensure all measures are being used to minimise odour impacting local residents

Liaison meeting

We attended the Walleys Quarry landfill site liaison meeting on the 21 January 2021 and provided a summary of our regulation since the last meeting on the 8 October 2020.

The invitees to the liaison meeting are:

- Red Industries

- Staffordshire County Council

- Councillors of Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council

- Offices of Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council

- Silverdale Parish Council

- Environment Agency

- Knutton representative

- Thistleberry Residents Association

- Local Resident

- Poolfields Residents Association

The notes of the meeting can be found at the link below:


Update January 2021

We have received an increase in complaints of odour since late December 2020.  In response we have increased our visits to the area to complete assessments of odour and site visits.  Since the 4 January we have visited the area on 7 occasions, normally with two officers visiting different locations and visited the site on the 11 January. We have detected odour at some locations and these details have been provided to the site operator. 

There has been no change in operations at the site to indicate the reason for the increase in complaints.  We will continue with odour assessments and visits to ensure all measures are being used to minimise odour impacting local residents

We will be including a summary of our compliance for 2020 on this webpage shortly. 

Bird control

Landfill operators are asked to work towards preventing birds feeding on the landfill site. Deterring birds can lead to them roosting on nearby buildings or land waiting for an opportunity to scavenge for food. Measures to deter birds include the use of bangers and rockets to disperse gulls and covering the waste during and at the end of each day to reduce the 'food' available for birds scavenging.  Operators can also employ a contractor to use birds of prey to deter seagulls from the tipping face.

The operator of Walleys landfill notified us in early December that to comply with guidance for bird flu they would be temporarily ceasing the flying of raptor birds at the landfill to reduce the risk of spreading the disease. Raptor birds will prey on other birds for food and are therefore used as a good deterrent.

To maintain the control of bird’s, replacement measures have been implemented including the flying lure raptor birds (these birds are trained to fly to a lure and less likely to prey on another bird), increasing the frequency of rocket/banger and increasing the use of distress call deterrents.

The site operator updated members of the liaison committee of this temporary change.

Cleaning of Vehicles

We are aware of concerns about mud on the highway and vehicles still being dirty when leaving the site. These concerns were raised with the site operator on the 5 January.

 Landfill permits require operators to:

  • prevent vehicles from carrying mud off site,
  • monitor the public highway and their site road between the final wheel wash and the public highway and
  • if vehicles carry mud or other debris onto the public highway the operator must clean it up immediately.

The operator has confirmed that the wheel wash is operational and drivers are all required to use the wheel wash and remain in place until the cycle has fully finished.

The use of the wheel wash and the requirement for drivers to check their vehicles for debris prior to leaving the site is covered in the site inductions process. There is equipment on site to allow drivers to check and clean loose material before exiting the site. The company has reinforced the need to use the facilities correctly and advice against parking locally.

During a site visit on the 11 January all vehicles an officer observed leaving the site over approximately an hour were seen to be using the facilities correctly.


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We are working hard with Government and other emergency responders on protecting the public and the environment from the effects of Coronavirus. The Environment Agency remains fully operational and committed to adhering to all Government guidelines with the majority of our staff working from home. However we continue to visit permitted sites and complete amenities assessments.

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If you wish to report any incidents about the site (ie odour) please call our 24/7 incident hotline 0800 80 70 60 or via ics@environment-agency.gov.uk, rather than contacting individual officers or our Enquiries Team. Once reports are logged, a unique reference number is generated and a copy will then go to a regulatory officer for the site. The incident number is a national Environment Agency reporting system (across England) for all issues for example, pollution incident or flooding.  The reference numbers are not unique to calls about a specific site.  The difference between your own call references does not indicate the number of calls received about a particular site. 

When reporting odour incidents to us, we will ask you to assess the strength of the odour on a scale of 0 to 6. To help with your assessment, an explanation of this scale is as follows:

0 – No odour

– Very faint odour (need to inhale into the wind to smell anything)

2 – Faint odour (you can detect an odour when you inhale normally)

3 – Distinct odour (there is clearly an odour in the air as you leave your car or enter the area)

4 – Strong odour (a bearable odour but strong, you could stay in the area for some time)

5 – Very strong odour (unpleasantly strong, you will want to leave the area quickly)

6 – Extremely strong odour (likely to cause nausea and a strong need to remove yourself from the odour immediately)

For more information on how we regulate odour please see our Frequently Asked Questions document here. 

 Further details on how to contact us are provided at the end of the page- How to contact us

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Past site visits: We continue to carry out odour assessments in the area. On the 19 October 2020, an Officer did detect a landfill type odour at the Silverdale cross roads traffic lights. However, we did not consider this to be at a level to be in breach of the permit. We informed the operator which is our normal practice. Subsequently, we completed a site visit on the 23 October 2020 and undertook a monitoring exercise using a hand held Tuneable Diode Laser (TDL) monitor. Prior to the visit we detected a landfill type odour on Cemetery Road opposite the site entrance which we rated at 3 out of 6. The operator advised us that the likely source of the odour was a gas well. A member of staff on site had reported that the gas well needed repair that morning. The site was already taking action and the repairs were completed during our site visit. Since our last visit additional soils had been applied to the part of the site which borders the garden centre and the near the site entrance.
Further visits were completed in November and December.
Action from the team: From mid- March 2020 we could not continue our monthly checks due to Covid-19 restrictions however visits resumed in June 2020 using officer assessments (sniff tests). We are completing regular odour assessments within the local area and undertaking more frequent assessments at locations where we receive the most complaints of odour. As part of these visits we also assess the number of birds and whether mud / debris is leaving the facility. The landfill site was open during Covid-19 restrictions and was receiving waste. We were in regular contact with the site operator during this time. We have included a summary of our compliance for 2020 here. We have, and will continue to assess compliance thorough review of reports and site visits during the current challenging times and continue to require additional measures including additional gas infrastructure and capping of the site from the site operator. We continue to work with, partners and the local community holding regular telephone conferences with the local authority and issuing updates to local residents

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The Environment Agency regulates two environmental permits held by Red Industries to operate a waste facility at Walleys Quarry. One permit for the landfill site and one permit for the soil treatment facility.
Walleys Quarry Landfill site – We issued an Environmental Permit for Walleys Quarry’s Landfill site on 9 June 2005 to Lafarge Aggregates Limited. The permit was transferred to Red Industries RM Limited on 3 November 2016.
The permit allows the operation of a Non Hazardous waste landfill with a separate cell for Stable Non-Reactive Hazardous Waste (SNRHW) (gypsum and asbestos). The operator has never used a separate cell and therefore SNRHW is not accepted.
The total quantity of waste allowed to be accepted at the facility is 400,000 tonnes per year. Non Hazardous waste includes municipal and industrial wastes.
The permit also allows the operation of
• a leachate treatment plant for management of leachate produced by the landfill
• landfill gas engine and flare for treatment and utilisation of landfill gas created by the landfill.
Monitoring is required for landfill gas, leachate, surface water and groundwater at a number of points at the facility, at different frequencies (weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual).
Walleys Quarry Soil Treatment facility – we issued an Environment Permit for Walleys Quarry soil treatment facility on 11 April 2012 for the treatment of waste to produce soil, soil substitutes and aggregates. The operator does not currently undertake this operation.
Tonnage variation to the environmental permit
On the 30 October 2020, following an assessment of a variation application, including a review of all the comments received from our public we issued a variation to the permit allowing an increase in the annual waste input from 250,000 to 400,000 tonnes. The business demonstrated within the application that the proposed change meets all the legal requirements therefore we are legally obliged to issue the permit variation.
To view the permit click here
Our consultation process:
In December 2018 we received an environmental permit variation application for Walley’s Quarry Landfill Site, Cemetery Road, Silverdale, Newcastle under Lyme ST56DH, on behalf of Red Industries RM Ltd. The variation to the existing environmental permit, requested an increase in the annual waste inputs from 250,000 tonnes to 400,000 tonnes.
We ran our first public consultation on the variation application from 24 May 2019 to 20 August 2019. We then ran a public consultation on our draft decision to issue the variation from 19 August 2020 till 16 September 2020.
To view the decision document click here
 For more information click here 

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Address: Walley’s Quarry Landfill Site, Cemetery Road, Silverdale, Newcastle under Lyme ST56DH

• Since 2005, the Environment Agency (EA) has regulated an Environmental Permit for the operation of a landfill site at Walley’s Quarry, Silverdale, Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire.
• The site is located near the centre of Newcastle under Lyme.
• The site which is a former quarry has planning permission for both a landfill (to ground level) and to create a land raise (above ground level)
• The landfill site has planning permission (regulated by Stafford County Council) to accept waste for disposal until 2026 with final restoration to be completed by 2040
• An artist’s impression of what the landfill might look like once the site has been completely capped off and restored. Can be viewed here.
Above: View of the landfill from the Southern boundary - October 2020
Below: The location of the Landfill site

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Environment Agency
The Environment Agency regulates the two environmental permits held by the Red Industries RM Limited (“the operator”) for Walleys Quarry landfill.
Our regulation includes reviews of monitoring data and site visits, both announced and unannounced.
Should you have concerns with regards to odour outside of the site boundaries, pests or any other pollution matters relating to the sites please call our free 24 hour incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60

Staffordshire County Council

The County Council is responsible for determining planning applications for the sites. We are consulted by the Council on planning applications.

If you have any planning permission questions please contact: regulation@Staffordshire.gov.uk
For any other enquiries:
Email: contactus@staffordshire.gov.uk
General enquiries (Contact Centre): 0300 111 8000
Textphone/Minicom users: 01785 276207

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We understand that you may have questions regarding landfills and how they work. We have produced a generic landfill FAQ document, which you can view here. This document covers a wide range of questions from odour to pests. 
Note: The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) Document detailed above is not an Environment Agency national guidance document. This FAQ document is a local area – Walley’s Quarry Landfill Document.  

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To enable us to further understand the potential impact on air quality from Walley’s Quarry landfill site we installed specialist air quality monitoring equipment to monitor air emissions in the area.
This equipment was installed on
- 6 July 2017 until the 14 February 2018 on the pumping station off Silverdale Road
- 15 January 2019 until 25 June 2019 near the northern boundary of the site, on the grounds of Garner’s Garden Centre. 
The air monitoring reports are available to view below:
Public Health England (PHE) response to the Air Quality Monitoring response please click here

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It is important to note, that it is not our role and we are not qualified to give health advice to the public. If residents have health concerns our advice is to speak to their local GP. The local authority’s Environmental Health Department and Public Health England will be able to provide appropriate advice to local GP’s. Both are represented on the Walley’s Quarry local liaison group.
Further Information:
  • To view the notes of the liaison meetings and attendance details please click here.
  • Further information regarding Government guidelines can be found here
  • Public Health England (PHE) response to the Air Quality Monitoring response please click here
  • Also see our landfill FAQ document, which you can viewed here.

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On the 11 November 2020 a second application to vary the permit for the Walley’s Quarry landfill site was “Duly Made”. This means we have sufficient information to commence our determination of the application.
The application requests the following changes:
  •  Increase leachate levels within the site, with a supporting Hydrogeological Risk Assessment to demonstrate the change will not cause pollution of groundwater.
  • Increase the compliance limit for methane for one borehole and to amend the carbon dioxide limit for 13 boreholes. This is to account for the presence of higher levels of carbon dioxide in the background, within mine gas in the local strata. 
  • To change the design of the capping to include the option for using membrane. Currently the site is permitted to use a 1 metre clay cap only.

There will be no formal consultation on this application as there are no proposals to change the waste activities which would be of interest to the community. The application is held on the public register and can be requested by contacting the West Midlands Enquiries Team at Enquiries_Westmids@environment-agency.gov.uk

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Liaison Meetings Regular community liaison meetings, facilitated by the operator Red Industries, continue to be held. Invitees to the meeting include the Environment Agency, local and parish councillors, representatives from the local community including residents associations, the local action group and a local resident. Resident’s representatives are included on the group.
  • If any further residents are interested in joining these meetings to represent the community please email: enquiries@redindustries.co.uk.
  • If you would like to find out more about these meetings including the meeting notes please follow the link below: https://www.redindustries.co.uk/walleys-landfill-community/

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The Walley’s Quarry Landfill scrutiny committee regulator session took place virtually on 7 October 2020. Newcastle under Lyme Borough Council has set up a scrutiny review working party to investigate and consider the concerns about Walleys Quarry Landfill, in Silverdale, raised by those living and working nearby.
The Environment Agency were requested to be part of the regulators session to provide information on our regulation of the site and take questions from members of the working group.

If you would like to review the information the Environment Agency presented please click here to see the full presentation.
For further information on this session please refer to Newcastle under Lyme council website:

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To help keep the local community updated on our regulation of the site, we will be updating this page more frequently.

If you would like to receive notifications when information is added to the community page, please email your contact details to Engagement_WestMids@environment-agency.gov.uk and we will add you to our mailing list.

Please see below our previous community updates. From January 2021 we will not be issuing updates though community newsletter but providing updates more regularly through this community page.

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  • If you wish to report any incidents about the site (ie odour) please call our 24/7 incident hotline 0800 80 70 60 or via ics@environment-agency.gov.uk, rather than contacting individual officers or our Enquiries Team. If you would like to receive feedback please can you confirm this whilst on the call, or in your email to ICS. Once reports are logged, a copy will then go to a regulatory officer for the site. This ensures all reports are logged in real time and also ensures that your correspondence is reported when officers are not available or on leave.
  • If you wish to log a complaint (a complaint is any expression of dissatisfaction made against the Environment Agency, a member of our staff or anyone working on our behalf), please email Enquiries_WestMids@environment-agency.gov.uk
  • If you wish to submit a general enquiry or Freedom of Information//Environmental Information Regulations request: Please contact our Enquiries Team via Enquiries_WestMids@environment-agency.gov.uk. The team will log, acknowledge and coordinate a response with the appropriate officers. The team monitors this email account Monday to Friday, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, which ensures all correspondence is dealt with promptly, and within our service levels, even if individual officers are not available or are on leave. This mailbox is not monitored outside of office hours

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