A FAMILY mother has claimed that toxic gases are killing her son as she waged a legal battle with the European Court of Human Rights.
Rebecca Currie, 41, from Silverdale, Staffs., is fighting the ECHR after the Environment Agency announced that toxic fumes were harming her boy.
Rebecca fears that the stench of chicken from the Walleys Quarry is shortening the life of her 5-year-old son.
The pungent smoke, she said, made Matthew – her premature baby with chronic lung disease – even more miserable.
The vulnerable boy, born at just 26 weeks, needed oxygen support for 19 months.
Attorneys representing Matthew told the Supreme Court in August that there was a “public health emergency” going on near the quarry.
They argue that hydrogen sulfide emissions are affecting “hundreds and possibly thousands of locals”.
In September, Mr Justice Fordham announced that the EA “must implement” Public Health England advice to reduce hydrogen sulphide concentrations in the local area to one part per billion.
But, after a challenge by EA, the Court of Appeals overturned that ruling in December and concluded that the claim “was neither justified nor necessary because there was no actual or alleged illegality.” should take remedial measures”.
Rebecca asked the Supreme Court to hear an appeal against that decision, but the court denied the permission on Tuesday, saying the case did not raise a contested legal position.
Residents of “The most beautiful village in the UK“liked the stench to ‘rotten meat’ and ‘dirty diapers’.
In a statement today, Rebecca said: “I feel that Mathew has been completely let down.
“First by the Environment Agency, whose job it is to protect us from dangers like contaminated air, and now the legal system.
“Despite the fact that the Supreme Court recognized the gravity of this situation and ordered the Environment Agency to do more to prevent the scandal of a private company polluting the air that we breath, we are now back to where we started.
“I am determined not to give up. The stench in our village continues and Mathew continues to be poor.”
“The Silverdale Stink” is said to have been caused by an “out-of-scale environmental disaster”.
People say the smell is so unpleasant that it burns their throats while others report headaches, asthma attacks, stress, anxiety and insomnia.
Rebecca added: ‘Seeing my baby having difficulty breathing, nosebleeds, I know any parent will understand that I have to keep doing all I can.
“This now means asking the European Court of Human Rights to step up where our courts have failed.”
Rebekah Carrier, of law firm Hopkin Murray Beskine, said: “The Supreme Court has missed an opportunity to clarify the correct approach to regulation of environmental hazards.
“This is extremely disappointing to Mathew and his community who take Mathew’s life so seriously.”
The news comes as another protest was held outside Walleys Quarry today, following yesterday’s protest.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/4609076/smelliest-village-left-my-son-struggling-breathe/ I live in the ‘smokeest village in the UK’ where the ‘smell of human flesh’ makes it hard for my son to breathe