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 claim that Woodmansey Farming Company dumped tons of rotting maize 
  • The rotting pile on their doorstep has caused a fly infestation in their property 










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

Robert Shaw, 50, from Woodmansey, Yorkshire, and his wife, Michelle, 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 and left the couple unable to get into their garden because it ‘smells so bad’.   

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.

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

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

‘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.

‘The main thing now is that they are working out of their parameters, I’ve got the plan and it clearly shows that they are working outside of it. It is completely out of order.

‘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.

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

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

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

Mr Shaw and his wife, Michelle claim biogas company Woodmansey Farming Company dumped 200,000 tons of rotting maize right outside house

Mr Shaw and his wife, Michelle claim biogas company Woodmansey Farming Company dumped 200,000 tons of rotting maize right outside house

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

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

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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