'Rotting corpse' smell sparks neighbour complaints

PUBLISHED: 20:00 16 May 2014

Photo: Dave Lock

Photo: Dave Lock

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NEIGHBOURS of a waste recycling plant in Weston have complained of a smell like 'rotting corpses' wafting over their homes.

The Cory Environmental Transfer Station in Aisecombe Way processes food waste and a resident near to the plant, Ian Johnson, wrote to the Environment Agency, North Somerset Council and John Penrose to complain about the smell.

In the letter, he said: “The prevailing winds come from the seafront towards the recycling centre so any housing downwind has to put up with the most dreadful smell.

“What I experienced was positively vile, bordering on rotting corpses.

“I would like this investigated as a priority under health and safety and an environmental issue.”

North Somerset ward councillor Richard Tucker said: “I have contacted the Environment Agency previously and they have given assurances that they will run regular checks.

“I am concerned on behalf of the residents, and living not too far away I have experienced that smell myself.

“It is particularly bad on a dry summer’s day or depending on the wind direction.”

A North Somerset Council spokesman said: “We are aware of the concerns and we are working with Cory to address these issues.

“We are also planning to have an open day so anyone who is interested can see the facilities and how they operate, as well as the controls and measures which are in place.”

The Environment Agency was approached to comment but did not respond before going to press.

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