Atmospheric pollution – commercial and industrial pollution
Most of us are troubled by unpleasant smells at some time from industrial, commercial or agricultural sources. If the smell does not go on for a prolonged period or is not too unpleasant we can usually cope. A statutory nuisance occurs when any fume from an industrial or trade premises is prejudicial to health or a nuisance. Activities that can generate odour complaints are typically cooking smells from restaurants, certain industrial processes that handle materials or produce products that may give rise to odours, and odours associated with sewage works and pumping stations.
When a statutory nuisance has been established by officers of the Public Protection Department, an Abatement Notice will be served upon the person responsible, or the owner or occupier of the premises requiring the nuisance to be abated. Failure to comply with an Abatement Notice is an offence and may result in legal proceedings being instigated.
However, you should be aware that if you live close to land where certain activities are carried out e.g. farmland on which slurry is spread, you may be able to smell such activities from time to time. In these circumstances the Council can only ensure that the operator is taking reasonable steps to minimise the odour. In addition, certain industrial processes are already regulated by the Public Protection Department under the Local Authority Environmental Permitting Regime. Such activities are exempt from the statutory nuisance procedure, but are controlled by the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulation 2010.
If you wish to report a problem of odour nuisance from commercial or industrial sources please contact the Pollution Control Team.
Anonymous complaints will not normally be investigated.