Wroxton villagers reacted with outrage this week after being informed another 40-50,000 tonnes of human waste are to be dumped next to their village.
Bio solids – commonly known as sewage sludge – were first spread on fields off Stratford Road as part of a programme by quarrying firm Peter Bennie Ltd to restore stone quarries to workable farm land.
Villagers say they were not consulted over the first phase of spreading which began at the beginning of this year, and are outraged the company has now applied to the Environment Agency for permission for a second phase.
Villages say the smell from the waste has made it impossible to use their gardens during the summer months and there are concerns about the health impact on those with breathing difficulties and children at Wroxton Primary School.
Retired lorry driver Graham Paxton, who worked for many years carrying stone from the quarries in trucks, said: “They’ve more or less finished the first phase but now they say they’re going to do it again!
“In this weather you can’t sit out in the garden or have the windows open due to the stink.
“There are bungalows in our street and residents in three or four of them suffer with breathing difficulties.”
“They always have meetings in Oxford about it, but never have meetings in Wroxton where they can smell it.
“It’s human waste coming up from Basingtoke; it wouldn’t be so bad if it was our own. A hell of a lot of people are kicking off about it.”
Wroxton Parish Council has issued newsletters to residents to inform them of the second application.
Parish council chairman Bob Jesson said: “The parish council’s main concerns are water quality as six properties in Padsdon Bottom are supplied from a well below the quarry which has been tested and found to contain coliforms.
“There are unpleasant odours if the wind is in the right direction and the humidity is high. We are also concerned about traffic. Large HGVs have been coming through the village bringing this material in large quantities.”
The Environment Agency will make a decision on the permit on September 3 and says it is working closely with residents and the operator.