Council warns bosses of 'formal legal action'

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Councillor Simon Cooke Councillor Simon Cooke

Bradford Council has warned chicken factory bosses that “formal legal action” will be taken if bad smells continue to be emitted from the plant.

The Council’s environmental health officers have been in contact with HCF Poultry again this week following further concerns about bad odours drifting through Cullingworth.

Andrew Lodge, Bradford Council’s environmental health manager, said: “HCF Poultry is aware that should problems continue we will take formal legal action if required.”

Last week, Gary Judson, manager of HCF Poultry, met with parish councillors and a Bradford Council environmental health officer following numerous complaints about the smells.

Cullingworth parish councillor Andrew Vaux said: “It was a very positive discussion and we agreed to work together to combat any problems in the future. Mr Judson recognised that there were some ongoing concerns regarding odours and he was very open to discussion.

“They are looking into everything they can do to reduce the smells, such as using a deodoriser and other equipment to relieve the problem.

“We are also going to have regular meetings with them, possibly every six to eight weeks.

“HCF are now aware of the problem and they have said that in no way do they want to be a bad neighbour.”

HCF caused a stink earlier this month when residents complained when smells, caused by an unemptied tank of blood, ruined their summer gala.

Environmental health officers were alerted ahead of the event but were unable to contact the company as it was a weekend. It is believed Bradford Council now has an emergency contact number for the factory.

Further complaints about smells coming from the factory were also made last weekend.

Councillor Simon Cooke (Con, Bingley Rural) said: “The smell was bad again at the weekend, although not as bad as it had been in previous weeks.

“We have raised it with the environmental health officers to ask them what action they are taking”.

HFC did not want to comment.

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10:10am Fri 29 Jul 11

CatFan6 says...

Cullingworth residents. you have my sympathy.

I am a Queensbury resident and have to put up with the putrifying smell from the Leo Groups animal by product processing plant at swalesmoor.

Bradford and Calderdale council constantly grant them planning permission to expand their premisses, even though on green belt land! and dispite the fact that they regularly have spillages of off animal inerds, guts, blood, feet etc. they operate their HGVs 24/7, dispite the fact that they should not run at all on sundays and bank holidays, and not after a certain time at night till a certain time in the morning(10-7 I think)
good luck. hope you get help from the council, as we have been suffering for years, and years, and the problem is getting worse and worse.

the boss of Leo Group is worth in excess of £50 million, so I guess, money talks!!!!!
Cullingworth residents. you have my sympathy. I am a Queensbury resident and have to put up with the putrifying smell from the Leo Groups animal by product processing plant at swalesmoor. Bradford and Calderdale council constantly grant them planning permission to expand their premisses, even though on green belt land! and dispite the fact that they regularly have spillages of off animal inerds, guts, blood, feet etc. they operate their HGVs 24/7, dispite the fact that they should not run at all on sundays and bank holidays, and not after a certain time at night till a certain time in the morning(10-7 I think) good luck. hope you get help from the council, as we have been suffering for years, and years, and the problem is getting worse and worse. the boss of Leo Group is worth in excess of £50 million, so I guess, money talks!!!!! CatFan6
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10:41am Fri 29 Jul 11

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Are the workers and residents of Leeds Road and surrounding areas not deserving of the same attention? We are bombarded daily with offending and foul air, chicken factory, skin and hide and ancient drains all combined to make it a horrible place to step outside, even more horrible than it already is. What a great corridor into our modern, thriving city. Oh hang on, the last sentence is incorrect.
Are the workers and residents of Leeds Road and surrounding areas not deserving of the same attention? We are bombarded daily with offending and foul air, chicken factory, skin and hide and ancient drains all combined to make it a horrible place to step outside, even more horrible than it already is. What a great corridor into our modern, thriving city. Oh hang on, the last sentence is incorrect. Prisoner Cell Block A
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11:23am Fri 29 Jul 11

Albion. says...

Having made the very big mistake of visiting Bradford this morning, I was struck by a very bad smell around the bottom of Ivegate and towards City Hall (maybe it's normal?).
Having made the very big mistake of visiting Bradford this morning, I was struck by a very bad smell around the bottom of Ivegate and towards City Hall (maybe it's normal?). Albion.
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11:43am Fri 29 Jul 11

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Inside City Hall it is. Loads of animal waste product of the bovine variety.

secword

area-best, someone has a sense of humour.
Inside City Hall it is. Loads of animal waste product of the bovine variety. secword area-best, someone has a sense of humour. Prisoner Cell Block A
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4:56pm Fri 29 Jul 11

StoptheStink.AWM says...

These people have my sympathies, and they should use the support their councillor is offering. The residents of Frizinghall whose lives are frequently disrupted by the stench from AWM Recycling have been wholly deserted by the council, their councillors and the Environment Agency.
These people have my sympathies, and they should use the support their councillor is offering. The residents of Frizinghall whose lives are frequently disrupted by the stench from AWM Recycling have been wholly deserted by the council, their councillors and the Environment Agency. StoptheStink.AWM
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9:17pm Fri 29 Jul 11

knox615 says...

If the continual stench around the bottom of Bowling Back Lane is anything to go by I wouldn't expect the situation in Cullingworth to improve anytime soon. The council must know about that but it has been the same for as long as i can remember.
If the continual stench around the bottom of Bowling Back Lane is anything to go by I wouldn't expect the situation in Cullingworth to improve anytime soon. The council must know about that but it has been the same for as long as i can remember. knox615
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8:32am Sat 30 Jul 11

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

40 years to my knowledge. The chicken factory isn't that old but it does pen n ink walking or driving anywhere near. That is a slightly differing sickening stench to the skin n hide stench and has replaced the abbatoir over the intervening years.
40 years to my knowledge. The chicken factory isn't that old but it does pen n ink walking or driving anywhere near. That is a slightly differing sickening stench to the skin n hide stench and has replaced the abbatoir over the intervening years. Prisoner Cell Block A
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9:38am Wed 3 Aug 11

NCC.1701A says...

Why not turn HFC into a KFC -problem solved - simples.
Why not turn HFC into a KFC -problem solved - simples. NCC.1701A
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