Smelly wag­ons to be dis­cussed

Halifax Courier - - News Special - By Felic­ity Macnamara

The trans­porta­tion of an­i­mal by-prod­ucts - which sparked a pe­ti­tion from an­gry Queensbury res­i­dents - will be dis­cussed by Brad­ford coun­cil­lors next week. A re­port, in­clud­ing in­for­ma­tion from Pub­lic Health Eng- land on the po­ten­tial health risks of smells and of­fal spillages - will be con­sid­ered at a meet­ing of Brad­ford Coun­cil’s en­vi­ron­ment and waste overview and scru­tiny com­mit­tee.

It out­lines suc­cess­ful pros­e­cu­tions brought by the coun­cil against com­pa­nies re­spon­si­ble for spillages in lo­ca­tions in­clud­ing Queensbury, Keigh­ley and Brad­ford.

Th­ese in­cluded ones af­fil­i­ated to the Hal­i­fax-based Leo Group - Alba Trans­port Ltd and Kin­tore Tran­port Haulage Ltd. Alba Trans­port was or­dered to pay more than £12,000 for spillages in 2009 and 2010 and Kin­tore was or­dered to pay a to­tal of £19,000 in fines and costs for spillages in April 2012, Oc­to­ber 2012 and June 2013. Most re­cently, Venlo Trans­port Ser­vices had to pay a to­tal of £3,900 fol­low­ing a spillage in Brad­ford.

On the risk to health, Pub- lic Health Eng­land said: “We recog­nise that lor­ries pass­ing through may be odi­ous to res­i­dents, but we con­sider the risk to health to be neg­li­gi­ble.”

It also said: “There are po­ten­tial risks as­so­ci­ated with di­rect con­tact with the spillages and th­ese would be af­fected by both the con­tents of the spillage and the level of con­tact.

“The main risk would be from gas­troin­testi­nal il­ness fol­low­ing hand to mouth con­tam­i­na­tion.”

The re­port says the coun­cil can­not take en­force­ment ac­tion “in re­spect of smell nui­sances from ve­hi­cles”, but it would pros­e­cute in ev­ery case with suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence.

The cur­rent rec­om­men­da­tion in place is that of­fi­cers con­tinue to be sup­ported in un­der­tak­ing en­force­ment, wher­ever pos­si­ble, for spillages.

Queensbury vil­lage cen­tre

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