Mass legal action against Purina factory smell

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Sixteen families in Sudbury are taking legal action against the town’s pet food factory run by Nestle Purina Petcare over long-running issues surrounding smell.

According to local residents the smell has been affecting the area for many years. The smell leaves them unable to open windows and doors or use their gardens during summer months.

The residents have turned to environmental solicitors Hugh James.

Gwen Evans, partner of Hugh James said: “The evidence we have seen suggests that residents have been exposed to an unacceptable level of odour from the site.

“People in these circumstances are entitled to compensation for what they have suffered in the past, and potentially an injunction to prevent the continuation of this nuisance in future.

“Those affected should contact us for more details if they would like to make a claim.”

A number of residents have instructed Hugh James to assist them with this case on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis.

James Blake, spokesman for Nestle Purina, confirmed Hugh James had been in contact with them, but would not comment further.

A statement by Nestle Purina on the ongoing situation said: “Following ongoing discussions with the Environment Agency and following a full technical review of our processes, we have agreed to make further improvements to our existing processes in order to minimise odour releases from the site. These improvements will be made in 2016 and will ensure that the site remains compliant with the relevant environmental standards. Over the past two years we have invested more than £1m in improvements to our odour abatement systems and while no abatement technique can remove 100 per cent of odours, these investments have led to significant improvements in odour emissions. We understand the concerns of local residents and will continue to work with them and with local authorities in order to address this issue.”