Factory concerns

CONCERNS that waste seafood at a Littleham shellfish processing-plant is being incorrectly stored, potentially having an impact on public health, is being investigated by council enforcers.

CONCERNS that waste seafood at a Littleham shellfish processing-plant is being incorrectly stored, potentially having an impact on public health, is being investigated by council enforcers.

According to the minutes of the town council's planning committee a letter from district enforcement officers, dated January 15, has been sent to the owners of East Devon Shellfish in Pankhurst Close.

The letter alleges the change of use from a 'processing facility to a storage facility' and the agenda reads: "Waste products from the processing plant are to be stored in sealed containers in the interests of environmental health.

"Photographic evidence has been provided which showed bags of scallop shells being stored outside the factory and these should therefore be disposed of within the next 28 days."

East Devon Shellfish had been temporarily closed just over a year ago because of concerns over the condition of the factory's buildings.

In June EDDC allowed the factory to resume operations.