Fish factory smell probe

PUBLISHED: 16:15 16 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:30 10 June 2010

SATURDAY, AUGUST 16: environmental health teams have gone back to residents to plan what if anything can be done about a factory smell at Littleham. Forty homeowners and tenants have been sent evidence forms to provide an opportunity to assess smells emanating from the De

environmental health teams have gone back to residents to plan what - if anything - can be done about a factory smell at Littleham.Forty homeowners and tenants have been sent evidence forms to provide an opportunity to assess smells emanating from the Devon Shellfish Factory in Pankhurst Close. A campaign led by Marian Scott of Littleham Road has already seen 30 residents contacted. Ms Scott and Littleham ward Town Councillor Ken Harper lobbied East Devon District Council this week in a call for action.Using public rights to speak at EDDC's executive board committee, Ms Scott said the problem had been ongoing for 20 years, and had a "serious effect on the basic human right to breathe fresh air".She alleged "measures to control and minimise the smell... are not being used".The Journal contacted Coombe Fisheries, owners of the factory which employs 18 workers, but they declined to comment.Cllr Harper asked EDDC members: "Why can there not be sensible negotiations to explore the possibility of re-building and re-fitting the factory, or preferably persuade and assist them to re-site the factory to a non-residential area?"The portfolio holder for environmental health, District Cllr Jill Elson, said she "understood frustrations" about the smell. She told the meeting the factory required no permit to process the fish, as its six ton weekly amount was far below the 75 tons for which a permit was needed.Cllr Elson added: "The company has been on the site for over 20 years, and is recently under new ownership. "Environmental Health are working with the company to improve practises, and have made this a priority."We need residents' help in this, as we need evidence to issue an abatement notice."The council pledged to meet residents again after September 30.Ms Scott invited Littleham residents to contact her on (01395) 227077 if they wished to discuss the matter.

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