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Solution is sought to foul smell from north Suffolk factory

PUBLISHED: 12:06 19 September 2014 | UPDATED: 12:06 19 September 2014

2 Sisters in Eye.

2 Sisters in Eye.

A solution is being sought to a bad smell coming from a factory specialising in food manufacturing.

A number of complaints have been made about the stench coming from the 2 Sisters factory in Magdalen Street, Eye, which affects roads around the town centre.

Mid Suffolk district councillor Charles Flatman said the smell seemed to be at its worst when lorries were visiting the factory to make deliveries.

He added if the wind was blowing in the wrong direction then the fumes could be wafted around neighbouring roads, including Castleton Way.

He said the company had tried to deal with the problem by installing a larger chimney and while this appeared to have had some effect, the unpleasant aroma was still getting out.

He believed the smell was from waste products from chicken produced by the factory.

“They heightened the chimney because they thought that would alleviate the problem and undoubtedly, it has had a small effect, but we are still getting the stench from there.

“Personally, I don’t think the factory should have been built in that town centre location to begin with. It should have been sited on the airfield when the factory first came into being,” Mr Flatman added.

He said even though the larger chimney had been installed, he was still receiving the same number of complaints from the public, who were upset about the smell.

He added he had brought the problem to the attention of staff at the factory on more than one occasion, but was not sure there was any “road” they could take to try and deal with the smell once and for all.

However, a spokesman for the 2 Sisters factory said: “We are keen to work closely with our neighbours to find a workable solution to this issue.

“We held a positive meeting with local residents earlier this week and we are committed to funding an Environment Agency independent odour assessment and will follow through on their recommendations if indeed any are made.

“In the meantime, we will continue our dialogue with all concerned parties and we will do our upmost to ensure we minimise any problems that affect our neighbours.”

Do you think the 2 Sisters factory is in the wrong location? Email dominic.bareham@archant.co.uk.

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