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.

Tate Triangle odour control.


Adrian & John have kept residents up to date with their pressure to secure smell-free air for residents living above Limekiln Lane.   At its meeting yesterdayAdrian was able to DSCF0098update the Residents’ Association on a welcome new initiative from Tate & Lyle.

Following the meeting we had with managers of the Company, together with our Senior Enivronmental Health Officer, and the residents’ petition that we presented on your behalf, we are glad to report that progress is being made.  There is a continuing dialogue between our Environmental Officers and the Company, and they asked for a sample of the “tall oil” on site. 

An excellent outcome of that continuing contact is that Tate & Lyle have now put full filters on all tanks that do or may contain “Tall Oil”, which should at least prevent any odours from that product in future.

We have always recognised that there may be other sources of unpleasant smells but it is to Tate & Lyle’s credit that, to use their manager’s own words, they ‘held their hands up’ and admitted to a number of the most unpleasant incidents.  These new filtering measures will, apart from containing the immediate risk of smells from Tate & Lyle, hopefully assist in isolating smells from other sources.

 090901 - JS @ T&LWe’ll continue to take a close watch on air conditions in this locality and our MP Angela Eagle is being kept fully informed. 

We want residents to let us know of any further unpleasant smells affecting the area in the weeks and months ahead.

Tate Triangle Miasma


We reported on 25th that a ship had arrived laden with Tall Oil – the substance associated with a particularly foul smelling incident earlier this year.  Adrian explained that this had been reported to our Environmental Health Officers with a request that there should be urgent measures to ensure that nothing similar to the appalling smells earlier this year would be replicated. 

The Association members were adamant that they wanted no repetition of the previous air contamination and applauded the work being done by Adrian and John.  They also decided that the Committee would write formally to the Council.  

Watch this space for regular updates.