ALMOST 100 families are taking legal action in their fight against the ongoing problems of smell and other nuisances, which they claim come from a nearby landfill site.

Neighbours close to the Lyme and Wood Pit site in Haydock, which is operated by Cory Environmental (Central) Limited, allege serious problems with odour and flies dating back to 2006, which mean many are unable to open their doors and windows.

Hugh James Solicitors, which specialises in environmental issues, have been instructed to take up the case.

Gwen Evans from Hugh James said: “The evidence we have seen suggests that residents have been exposed to an unacceptable level of odour from the landfill site.

“People in these circumstances may be entitled to compensation for what they have suffered in the past and an injunction to prevent the continuation of this nuisance in future. Those affected should contact us for more details if they would like to make a claim.”

Three years back, St Helens North MP Dave Watts, raised renewed concerns over “unacceptable levels of dust, smell, rats and flies” residents have had to cope with.

Residents have now instructed Hugh James to assist them with the case on a no win no fee’ basis. With offices in Cardiff and London, they have dealt with some of the country’s most high profile environmental group action cases and have successfully represented many thousands of residents throughout the UK faced with environmental problems.

An open day is due to be held at St Patricks Social Club, 111 Common Road, Newton-le-Willows on Wednesday, February 6 between 2pm and 8pm. Further information about the claim, funding and the next step will be discussed and questions answered by members of the specialist environmental team from Hugh James.

Anyone affected by this issue can contact Hugh James on 0844 326 7218, text ODOUR to 66777 along with your name and address or email