Boy, 8, leads fight against landfill plan

Adam Linford, eight, of Finningley, prepares to handover his letter and petitions to Doncaster council to protest against the possible new landfill site. Picture: Marie Caley D5110MC

Adam Linford, eight, of Finningley, prepares to handover his letter and petitions to Doncaster council to protest against the possible new landfill site. Picture: Marie Caley D5110MC

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An eight-year-old boy is leading villagers in a campaign against plans to create a landfill site near his home.

Adam Linford has written a heartfelt letter to Doncaster Council outlining his fears if plans for a dump get the go-ahead.

His letter reads: “To the council – please do not let anybody build a dump on my street because it is really nice and I don’t want it to get really dirty and stinky from all the rubbish.

“I don’t want any fast lorries coming past because I like playing on my bike and my scooter so I won’t be allowed anymore.

“My friends and I think it would be really sad if all the wildlife was destroyed, just so some rich people can make some more money.”

The St Oswald’s Academy pupil’s protests are about plans by Jedidah Limited – owned by Doncaster businessman Nadeem Shah – to create a 6,276 square metre site at the old Greendale Aggregates site in Finningley.

People nearby have raised concerns about possible health risks, smells and noise and potential dangers caused by the extra traffic.

Mum Claire said: “We were very touched when we read what he’d put – it shows just how much he cares.”

Andy Morris, from Enviroarm, agents for the application, confirmed the landfill site would cover most of the Greendale site and said it would be for ‘inert’ materials only.