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Couple's £600,000 dream home is invaded by FLIES

Couple’s £600,000 dream home is invaded by FLIES after rotting 18ft high corn pile was dumped on their doorstep

  •  Robert Shaw and his wife, Michelle left with pile of rotting corn outside home
  • They said that Woodmansey Farming Company dumped tons of rotting maize 
  • The rotting pile on their doorstep has caused a fly infestation in their property 
  • Company have said that they have permit to store the produce at the location 

A couple’s dream home has been invaded by a swarm of flies after an 18ft high rotting corn pile was dumped close to their property by a local waste plant company.

Robert Shaw, 50, from Woodmansey, Yorkshire, and his wife, Michelle, 47, claim biogas company Woodmansey Farming Company dumped 200,000 tons of rotting maize right outside their £600,000 property last Monday.

The rotting pile has now caused a fly infestation inside their home and left the couple unable to get into their garden because it ‘smells so bad’. 

The corn is due to head to a nearby Anaerobic Digestion Plant but Mr Shaw said the rotting eyesore would inevitably attract rats and other vermin. 

He told The Sun: ‘We were eating our tea and the kitchen was full of flies and we were getting mouthfuls of flies. It was disgusting. 

Robert Shaw, 50, from Woodmansey, Yorkshire, claim biogas company Woodmansey Farming Company dumped 200,000 tons of rotting maize right outside his home

‘Now the rotting maize is there, and it’s going to be attracting rats and all kinds of vermin.’

Mr Shaw, who also believes the pile has rotten potatoes which he says are contributing to the foul smell in the area, said: ‘It is just absolutely unliveable now.

‘We can’t even go into the garden because it smells so bad. My wife goes to bed crying every night because of how bad it is.

‘It has caused a fly infestation and it’s going to attract so much vermin, it is unbelievable. My wife is a chronic asthmatic and the smell in the air is just absolutely disgusting.

‘The house is in the middle of nowhere and it is worth about £600,000, it is not even some backstreet dump.’  

Mr Shaw said the waste plant has caused them trouble since it was built a couple of years ago, but the rotting corn outside of the house was the final straw.

He has tried to contact the Environment Agency but was told they are experiencing delays as they are working from home.

He said: ‘My dad had a cancer operation a couple of months ago and we were celebrating him coming out of hospital. 

‘We invited everyone over for a barbecue and my family said ‘no we can’t sit here, we can’t stand it’.

‘You shouldn’t have to live your life like that. This is on a whole new level. We are on the verge of walking away from our house. 

Mr Shaw also believes the pile has rotten potatoes which he says are contributing to the foul smell in the area

Mr Shaw said he and his wife ‘were getting mouthfuls of flies’ as they were eating in their kitchen

The rotting corn outside the couple’s property has left them unable to go into their garden because it ‘smells so bad’

‘We have not even been able to eat outside our house for a while because of how bad it is.’ 

Colin Hammond, Head of Strategic Business Development, said: ‘The Woodmansey Farming Company (WFC) grows crops in the local area to supply 4UFresh Produce Ltd who process produce for the food industry.

‘WFC applied to the Environment Agency and was granted, a temporary field permit on agricultural land owned by WFC, to store harvested whole crop maize for processing through the vegetable processing factory.

‘The production of vegetable extracts is a new venture for the vegetable processing factory and will complement the seasonal market for processed potatoes.’

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