A Coventry firm has been
allowed to bake pigs’ ears to turn them into dog chews – despite
its neighbours raising a stink about the smell.
City Council decided that TJ Lindsay in Stoney Stanton Road should
be given permission to make the chews, subject to strict controls
designed to stop the smell escaping.
The firm currently runs a
boning business taking meat off pigs’ heads.
Around 35 tonnes of
pigs’ heads are brought to the factory every week, with around a
third of this becoming meat.
Nine tonnes of bone is
disposed of, and company boss Terry Lindsay decided to do
something with the remaining carcasses to save having to pay to
throw it away.
With the green light from
officers at the Ministry of Agriculture in January, the baking of
the ears and noses to turn them into dog chews started.
But residents soon kicked
up a stink about the terrible smell, and workers at a nearby
factory, H Burbidge and Sons, also complained to the city council.
It then became apparent
that the Ministry had issued the wrong advice, and city council
permission was required to operate the process.
While the technicalities
were being sorted out, and without any controls being imposed to
restrict the amount of air pollution, the baking continued.
In an effort to reduce the
smell, the factory raised the height of its chimney, and stopped
baking noses, which take twice as long to dry out.
But residents of a
16-storey block of flats across the road said they were still
affected by the pong.
Colin Young of the
Falkener House Tenants’ Association said people living in
bed-sits were being forced to stay indoors with their windows
He told members of the
council’s Licensing Committee:
“It also affects the
park nearby, which is about the only open space in Foleshill.”
He said that there was a
lack of confidence that the company would follow any conditions
Tim Foreman, works manager
of H Burbidge and Son, said the smell had permeated storage areas
and places where his staff had to work, as well as the canteen.
“We’ve had people
almost be sick because of the smell, and they certainly can’t
After questioning, Mr
Foreman said that the situation had improved since the chimney had
representing the firm, said it had a good record of working in the
area for 20 years.
He added that once the
conditions from the city council were made clear, the firm would
work hard to achieve them.
He said that five jobs
rested directly on the permission being granted, but all 22
employees risked losing their jobs because of the narrow profit
margin the company was currently working under.
Granting the permission,
Cllr Eric Linton said conditions would be formulated by the
council’s environmental health team, and added:
“We feel it is
important that you work with the residents from time to time to see
if they are suffering any difficulties with the smell.”
The committee ordered
another report in six months time to check the progress of the