Members quit due to local stench19th October, 2012 by Emma Williams
A Scottish golf club is facing a financial shortfall because members are leaving due to the smell of a nearby landfill site.
The odour has got so bad that the Scottish Environment Protection Agency has ordered Avondale Landfill, which runs the site next to Grangemouth Golf Club in Falkirk, to carry out improvements to its landfill gas management system to prevent gases escaping from pipes.
The site handles around 450,000 tonnes of municipal, commercial, industrial and hazardous waste every year, and generates renewable electricity from methane gas harvested from the landfill.
The Daily Record has reported that a spokesman for Grangemouth has revealed that members, including one who has been there since shortly after the club was built in 1974, are leaving in their droves due to the stench. Membership at the club costs just £220 per year.
Treasurer Alan Taylor said: “We’ve had many indications from members that they won’t be back next year because of the smells, and that includes a member of 30 years.
“I do believe Avondale are trying to alleviate the problem but they need to know that people are angry.”
Avondale’s director Colin Cooper said that the issue will be rectified shortly: “We’ve invested £1.5million in trying to contain the problem,” he said.
“We want to work closely with all our neighbours, including the golf club.
“We’ve been working for several months as hard as we can and would like to have it fixed before December.”