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Kirkby odour source identified

by Gemma Melling

It is believed that the source of an odour that has been impacting residents in Kirkby over recent weeks has now been identified.

Following investigations, the Environment Agency, along with officers from the Environmental Health teams at Knowsley Council and West Lancashire Borough Council visited a site on Simonswood Industrial Estate last week. There, they were able to identify and pinpoint specific issues that officers believe are likely to have been causing this odour.

The site in question is a permitted waste site under the responsibility of the Environment Agency – who have already taken action and will be working closely with the business involved to further investigate, implement an Odour Management Plan and ultimately resolve any issues on site.

 Andrew Donaldson, Knowsley Council’s Executive Director for Neighbourhood Services said: “I am certain that those residents who have been intermittently plagued by this foul smell will welcome the news that a likely cause has been identified and that the Environment Agency is addressing this matter.

“Of course, work still will have to be done to address the issue but it’s really positive news that a source has been identified and appropriate action can now be taken. We will continue to provide whatever support the Environment Agency or our residents require in the coming weeks.”

This latest progress follows weeks of investigation and follow up from the Council with colleagues from the Environment Agency, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, United Utilities and West Lancashire Borough Council.

The Environment Agency is asking residents to ensure they call their incident hotline 0800 80 70 60 or email: enquiries@environment-agency.gov.uk should they notice further odours.