Tate Triangle odours: update.

Compny installs new filters

Company installs new filters


In May Adrian presented to Council a Residents’ Petition because of foul air in the Tate Triangle area – the residential housing locality above Limekiln Lane and the Docks.   
The Residents’ campaign was long and solidly supported by the whole community, with  regular reports to the Residents’ Association.  Tate & Lyle have now confirmed to the Council’s Environmental Health Officers that they intend to install filters on tanks that may contain ‘Tall Oil’ or ‘Tallol’.   This is a non-toxic substance but has a foul smell.  There was concern among residents that chemicals used for cleansing this material from tanks in the past may also have contributed to the nuisance.   The Company’s managers have assured our Environmental Health Officers that the chemicals are well within safety standards but, whatever the reasons, they have admitted to Tate & Lyle being the source of a number of particularly bad incidents – and we thank them for holding their hands up about that and for giving us assurances that every effort will be made to prevent repetitions.  It is clear that the Company wishes to enjoy good relationships with the local population and we have high hopes that this will be successful.  Adrian and John hope that such incidents may now prove to be a thing of the past but we will be taking a keen interest and will continue to listen to residents’ concerns.

Inevitably, a question now being asked by residents is:

 ‘Why weren’t these measures put in place years ago?’ 

Angela Eagle MP with Adrian.  Adrian and John are keeping Angela fully apprised of issues in our ward.

Angela Eagle MP with Adrian. Adrian and John are keeping Angela fully apprised of issues in our ward.

It has been suggested that there may well be offensive smells from other sources, such as sewers, and disturbance when ships screws churn up deposits in the docks.   The very welcome work undertaken by Tate & Lyle should make it easier for our Environmental Health Professionals to distinguish between sources and isolate and identify the origin of other causes of smells in the locality thereby removing any potential for blame to be shifted. 

One of the great difficulties in identifying the causes of smells is that if they are not identified quickly they will be blown away before their sources can be traced.   Please telephone Environmental Health if any new smells occur – and keep Adrian and John informed.

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