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Environment Agency concentrating on enforcing deadline to remove waste

The Mayor of Derby has called the Environment Agency a 'total disgrace' over its handling of the fly investation in the New Zealand area of the city which is being blamed on a waste treatment site.

It comes after a heated public meeting where some residents were asked to leave.

The Environment Agency says its concentrating on enforcing a deadline to remove waste on the 7th July.

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Mayor of Derby blasts Environment Agency over fly infestation

The Mayor of Derby has branded the Environment Agency 'a total disgrace'.

Councillor Paul Pegg says that the government agency refused to attend a public meeting held on Monday night to answer questions about an infestation of flies which have plagued the New Zealand area of Derby for the last month.

A local recycling depot is being blamed for the infestation.

Meanwhile more than 1,400 people have signed a petition calling for the recycling depot to be closed.

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Weekend Picks: Derby Book Festival

Derby Book Festival: Fri 3rd - Sat 11th June (Derby)

There’ll be more than 70 events over the festival Credit: Bonbon Photography

The second Derby Book Festival is now open until Sat 11th June. There’ll be more than 70 events for all ages and interests over nine days.

Highlights of this year’s Festival include the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy on the opening Friday night in Derby Cathedral.

Over the weekend there’ll be a day of children and family activities in Derby’s Market Place with the Bringing Books to Life event featuring storytelling, street theatre, mural painting and pavement art.

“This year’s festival has an amazing array of writing talent and covers a wide range of topics, from beer to birds and railways to romance.

We are delighted that ticket sales are stronger than last year’s, showing that local people have a real appetite for books and reading…”

– Liz Fothergill, Chair of Derby Book Festival

For prices, and full details of the festival programme visit: http://www.derbybookfestival.co.uk/whats-on/

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