Elizabeth Hurley is battling with local businessmen determined to expand a compost factory near her $4.75 million (GBP2.5 million) English country home.

The 39-year-old Estee Lauder model has joined a campaign to block the expansion of the manure-making plant which is situated just 3.2 kilometres (two miles) from her rural retreat in Gloucestershire, England - because of the heavy stench.

QUENINGTON PARISH COUNCIL's PAUL LILLY says, "Liz will do anything she can to help us. It has already started to make a difference."

A council spokesman comments, "All objections are taken into account and treated the same, even if it includes a Hollywood actress."

14/02/2005 14:10