Poo pong farmer is reported

A FARMER and his contractor have been reported to prosecutors over a foul stench from human waste.

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The stink could even be smelled in Glasgow - six miles from the site where sewage sludge containing human waste was spread over fields at Drumcross Farm in Erskine, Renfrewshire, which.

Renfrewshire Council reported the farm and contractor James McCaig Farms to prosecutors over alleged failures to "minimise the nuisance caused to nearby communities".

A spokesman said: "This activity has caused smell nuisance in neighbouring communities and the council will take enforcement action in respect of the failure to comply with the terms of the abatement notice."

Hundreds of complaints had been received about the stink emanating from Drumcross Farm, near Erskine, which wafted as far as Glasgow city centre and parts of the West End.

Families in Erskine have repeatedly complained about the pong which, they claimed, was so bad that BBQs had to be cancelled, washing brought in and children kept indoors.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) ordered the farmer to remove the human waste sewage out of storage by July 21 and spreading operations began on Tuesday, which later triggered more complaints, including 10 from residents in Glasgow.

Council officials in Paisley claim two spreaders and two ploughs were to have been used so that the sewage was immediately churned into the soil.

But just one plough was used and as a result work had to continue yesterday. Farm owner Iain Graham and his farm managers were not available for comment.

Glasgow residents complained of "vile odours" after spreading operations began, with Sepa revealing the pong had also affected communities on either side of the River Clyde as well as "the centre of Glasgow."

One businesswoman said: "The pong is repugnant. Something has to be done before the Games otherwise Glasgow will tagged as a smelly city."

gordon.thomson@ eveningtimes.co.uk

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