Smells near catering firm are ‘unbearable’

Smells from the neighbouring recycling centre are affecting Little and Large Catering.'Pictured is Les Midson ( Manager )
Smells from the neighbouring recycling centre are affecting Little and Large Catering.'Pictured is Les Midson ( Manager )
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A CATERING firm is considering leaving its home of 15 years because of ‘unbearable’ smells emanating from a neighbouring recycling plant.

Little and Large Catering, which is based on High March industrial estate, backs on to an Enterprise Managed Services (EMS) recycling yard.

But despite numerous complaints during the past two years the firm is still having to tolerate smells similar to rotting rubbish and off milk.

Les Midson, who runs Little and Large Catering, said: “It’s an ongoing problem and is making the staff feel physically sick.

“We’ve had one member of staff leave because of it and I’m worried that might happen again if it carries on.

“Somebody from Environmental Health needs to rectify the problem, we can’t open our back door because of the waft that’s coming through. It’s unbearable at times.

“The bins being used at the recycling plants are not being cleaned out properly and when the rubbish heats up the smells come back with a vengeance.

“We’ve been here 15 years but are having to seriously consider leaving because of this.”

DDC environmental health manager Paul Knight said: “This matter was investigated in September 2010 and August 2011 and the council concluded that levels of odour were not sufficient to warrant enforcement action. 

“We have since discovered that the business alleged to be the source of the odour is regulated by the Environment Agency, which is where Mr Midson’s complaint has now been referred.”