Update email from SEPA on the work at the Landfill site:
Following on from my email to you in November, I said I would provide an update to you all in the new year on action that is being taken at Lower Melville Wood (LMW) landfill site to address the odour issue:-
- SEPA has continued to receive complaints relating to odour from the LMW site – 72 complaints since the start of November, 15 of which have been substantiated by SEPA. The presence of odour is often influenced by weather conditions (eg. atmospheric pressure), so it is not unusual to have a higher number of complaints regarding odour from landfill sites during the winter months. As previously, SEPA continues to investigate any odour complaint that it receives and to undertake pro-active odour assessments on a regular basis.
- The substantiated odour complaints mean that, under SEPA’s Compliance Assessment Scheme (CAS), the site is now classed as having a ‘poor’ level of compliance with the site permit.
- Following SEPA’s meeting in November 2016 with the operators of the LMW site, Resource Efficient Solutions / Fife Council (RES / FC), a proposal has been submitted to SEPA to install permanent capping on part of the site. The purpose of the capping would be to help control fugitive emissions of odour (landfill gas), and further enable the collection and utilisation of gas generated at the landfill site. SEPA’s expectation is that this will in turn reduce the potential for odour off site.
It is proposed that the capping would be undertaken in 2 phases;
– Phase 1 – the installation of the cap itself, which will take the form of a geomembrane cap (ie. a synthetic membrane liner over the waste)
– Phase 2 – placement of restoration soils on the cap and subsequent hydro-seeding.
At the present time, it is intended that Phase 1 will be completed by mid Feb 2017 (weather permitting). Phase 2 will commence once suitable restoration material has been sourced.
- A second gas engine has been brought onto the site, which should also improve the efficiency of gas collection at the site. It has yet to be connected to the gas collection system and commissioned, but the intention is that this engine will be operational by March time.
- SEPA will be meeting again with RES / FC on 2 February 2017, to ensure that progress continues to be made to address odour and that the level of compliance at the site improves.
A number of you replied to my email in November to say that you found these updates helpful. I would therefore intend to provide a further update in March, unless there are any significant developments to advise you of before then (including anything resulting from the forthcoming meeting with RES / FC).
As always, members of the public etc can contact the SEPA Glenrothes office on 01592 776910 to report an odour during office hours and SEPA’s call centre any other time on 0800 80 70 60.
Saturday 28th January 2.30 (doors open 2pm) We are very excited about the next event for our community cinema in the village. If you haven’t been able to come along before this is a great chance to come and be part of the best wee neighbourhood cinema in Fife!
We are very proud to be showing the wonderful, heartfelt and innovative film “From Scotland With Love” which is one of the best Scottish films to be made in the last few years. It is equally appealing to all ages from the youngest to the eldest in the village! So give your neighbour a call and bring them along. We will also be having Kenny Anderson (King Creosote) the critically acclaimed musician who composed the soundtrack, along for a Q&A afterwards.
As if all that wasn’t amazing enough, some people will be there filming a short piece about our community cinema which is a great chance for us all to show the world the special kind of place that Letham is!
The next meeting of Monimail Community Council will be at 7pm, Monday 14th November 2016 in Letham Village Hall
The Agenda is
Minutes of Septembers meeting
It Letham Lights 2 this week folks…
A great value Halloween double bill with The Book of Life (U) at 2pm with some Mexican themed kids activities beforehand and then Ghostbusters (PG) at 7 pm. Cafe / bar will be open at both films!
Details at https://lethamlights.org/
The Fife Environmental Protection department at SEPA request that ANY smells coming from the Melville Landfill Site be reported to them (9:00 am -5:00pm) on Tel No. 01592 776910 or Contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org so that prompt investigations can be made to investigate the odours and prevent reoccurrence.
Please do this on every occassion. SEPAs response is (bizarrely) based upon the number of calls received so don’t think that because somebody else is calling, that you shouldn’t. Every call counts.
The minutes of Monimail Community Council Meeting held on 11th September 2016
Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative across Scotland. The scheme will see three community groups and projects awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge.
Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags.
Letham Primary School has been shortlisted for its application to develop a school garden and we need your votes. Please vote for us in Tesco from 31st October – 13th November and help us win a £12,000, £10,000 or £8,000 award.
Carrier Bags – Tesco.com
The next meeting of Monimail Community Council will be at 7pm, Monday 12th September 2016 in Letham Village Hall
The Agenda is
Rob Morris, Area Manager for SEPA will be at the meeting to discuss the Lower Melville Wood Landfill and we look forward to representatives from Collessie village for this discussion.
Minutes of July’s meeting
Just a reminder that the inaugural Letham Lights Community Cinema opens on Sunday 21st August 2016.
Doors open 2.30pm, Show starts 3 pm.
Ewe’ll love it!
Further details here