‘Honking’ smell at chicken factory investigated again

Odour monitoring: Gafoor Pure Halal in Fletcher Road, Preston
Odour monitoring: Gafoor Pure Halal in Fletcher Road, Preston
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A poultry supplier is being investigated over foul smells, nine years after it was first given a council order over the problem.

Residents of Lincoln Street, Preston, recently complained to the Environment Agency over Gafoor Pure Halal in nearby Fletcher Road, claiming the odours coming from the site are continuing to affect their home lives.

In June 2005 the company was given a council abatement order over the smells. This was breached, and 17 months later, factory bosses were given a £23,000 fine.

Now the company said it will bring in new equipment in a bid to stop the problem.

One resident of Lincoln Street, who asked not to be named, said: “It’s an ongoing saga, a joke, because this has been going on for years.

“Everyday there’s a honking smell all over the place. It can be intermittent, but it’s usually quite strong around tea time.

“There’s a few people who say it makes them feel sick.”

An Environment Agency spokesperson said: “We have received a number of complaints reporting odour from this site and as part of our regulatory duties we have been working with the operator to ensure improvements are made to odour control.

“The operator has provided us with a programme of improvements, including new equipment to control odour.

We will now review these proposals and if acceptable will work to ensure they are carried out within a reasonable timescale.

“During the implementation of these improvements we will be carrying out proactive odour monitoring checks in the area to assess the level of odour from all potential sources.”

Gafoor Pure Halal were unavailable for comment.

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