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Homeowner in tears as ‘tonnes of stinking rotten corn’ dumped on doorstep

Michelle Shaw and her husband Robert claim biogas company Woodmansey Farming Company dumped 200,000 tonnes of rotting maize right outside their doorstep last Monday. Mr Shaw, 50, said the plant has caused them trouble since it was built a couple of years ago, but the rotting corn outside of the house was the final straw.

The homeowner, of Woodmansey, East Yorkshire, said: “It is just absolutely unliveable now. We can’t even go into the garden because it smells so bad. My wife goes to bed crying every night because of how bad it is.

“The main thing now is that they are working out of their parameters, I’ve got the plan and it clearly shows that they are working outside of it. It is completely out of order.

“It has caused a fly infestation and it’s going to attract so much vermin, it is unbelievable. My wife is a chronic asthmatic and the smell in the air is just absolutely disgusting.

“The house is in the middle of nowhere and it is worth about £600,000, it is not even some backstreet dump.”

Mr Shaw also believes the plant has rotten potatoes, which he says are contributing to the foul smell in the area.

He has tried to contact the Environment Agency but was told they are experiencing delays as they are working from home.

“My dad had a cancer operation a couple of months ago and we were celebrating him coming out of hospital. We invited everyone over for a barbecue and my family said ‘no we can’t sit here, we can’t stand it,'” Mr Shaw continued.

“You shouldn’t have to live your life like that. This is on a whole new level. We are on the verge of walking away from our house.

“We have not even been able to eat outside our house for a while because of how bad it is.”

Colin Hammond, Head of Strategic Business Development, said: “The Woodmansey Farming Company (WFC) grows crops in the local area to supply 4UFresh Produce Ltd who process produce for the food industry.

“WFC applied to the Environment Agency and was granted, a temporary field permit on agricultural land owned by WFC, to store harvested whole crop maize for processing through the vegetable processing factory.”

He added: “The production of vegetable extracts is a new venture for the vegetable processing factory and will complement the seasonal market for processed potatoes.”

Woodmansey is rural village in remote East Yorkshire countryside just outside of market town Beverley.

It has buildings, including a pub, with thatched roofs and farming buildings.


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