30/05/2007

Landfill site closed as 'precautionary' measure

The government has closed a landfill site outside Lisburn after residents have complained that the area had become infested with flies.

The Environment and Heritage Service (EHS) decided to close the controversial Mullaghglass site last night after an inspection took place.

An EHS spokesman said the fly population was seen to have increased, however it was “nowhere near infestation levels”.

“The site was closed as a precautionary measure to enable spraying and covering with soil,” he said.

“EHS will be reviewing the situation and if satisfied will lift the closure notice.”

Locals have complained about the site over the past weeks and have been forced to keep their windows closed because of the smells and flies coming from it.

(JM/KMcA)

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