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Heat is on over smell

Posted on July 31 2016 at 11:24:26

As summer temperatures rise, one group of villagers say they can’t leave windows open because of the smell from lorries carrying animal parts.

Complaints from residents of Waterside Orchard, Hopwood, who live yards from the animal waste transfer operation at Mayfield Farm, have risen with the thermometer.

As temperatures edged into the high 70s on July 21, one email said: “Another lovely day in Hopwood, all the windows in the house open taking in the fresh air . . . well, it was until two trucks pulled out of Mayfield Farm, filling the house with the putrid smells of rotting animal parts again.”

And a mother wrote: “We cannot go through another summer like this; I am not happy for my children to play outside and breathe this in. This putrid smell cannot be good for us, and nor should we be expected to live like this.”

Barnt Green and Hopwood district councillor Charlie Hotham has been trying to help the residents for the past year, along with parish councillor Adrian Smith.

Coun Hotham told The Village that Worcestershire Regulatory Services (WRS) controlled odour emanating from the farm, but expected residents to record instances of the odours before they would take any action.

Also, smells from lorries once they left the site were governed by another regulator, the Animal and Plant Health Agency, and Coun Hotham said this division of responsibility made instigating any action even more difficult.

“My message to those experiencing unpleasant odours is please, please contact WRS and lodge your complaints and please copy me in.

“This has gone on for far too long and it’s time for WRS to take note and formulate an action plan. Let’s all work together to reclaim our air.”

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