Environment

Residents in Skellingthorpe continue to be frustrated with the smells, noises and black pollution plaguing their village, which the local district council are investigating with regular visits.

Several residents on Jerusalem Road and on other streets in the village have been trying to report the issue with a black soot-like substance coming from the nearby animal rendering plant since at least this summer.

Reports have been made to both North Kesteven District Council and to the company who operate the factory, A Hughes & Son, due to the increasingly worse smell and noise, as well as oily material still damaging residents’ property.

The black substance is still damaging the cars and property of local residents.

One resident complained that on November 23 the black pollution carried on for nearly an hour. This is despite the permit only allowing for a short 10 minute period of smoke for the boiler to start up, so any reports in excess of this time will be investigated.

North Kesteven District Council said it had spoken to residents and factory operators and carried out a number of investigations around odour emissions.

Samples have also been collected from properties for analysis and identification, while council officers reduced visits from every weekday to twice a week due to the low level of odour being witnessed and demands on officer time.

A Hughes and Son have also provided their own reports to the council. This includes odour monitoring information, which is currently being analysed by the council.

A sun chair was covered in the black soot like substance.

The site is owned by Leo Group and run by A Hughes & Son, a company which was bought by Lincoln Proteins Ltd — who wants to move its Skellingthorpe factory and create a £28 million animal rendering plant in Norton Disney, but said last month it “will not build anything without planning permission“.

When The Lincolnite contacted A Hughes & Son we were told that “no one from the business was available to comment”.

Local protesting against the plans in January 2018. | Photo: Jasper Weldon

A spokesperson for the council said: “North Kesteven District Council has communicated within the community of Skellingthorpe, confirming its responsibilities for regulating emissions from the Jerusalem Farm site and the operator’s requirements to comply with permit conditions relating to emissions, monitoring and record keeping.

“The council’s Environmental Protection Team has been undertaking daily monitoring visits to the Skellingthorpe area to check on odour emissions from the site, which have now reduced in frequency due to time constraints and additional duties.

“The team has advised the parish council and concerned residents that the company’s permit allows for dark smoke to be emitted from the chimneys on start-up, for up to 10 minutes — therefore reports of smoke should only be made where this period is exceeded.

“Officers are aware and responding to ongoing concerns and whilst investigations continue, it has requested the operator to review some of its procedures.”

Residents with concerns should contact 01529 308287 or email [email protected]. Out of hours issues anticipated to have prolonged duration can be flagged up by calling 01529 308308.

New fines for littering and dog fouling in Scunthorpe have been introduced by North Lincolnshire Council, with £150 fines now being issued for first time offences.

It comes as a message of zero tolerance for environmental crimes, designed to clamp down on littering and dog fouling in the area.

The council currently spends almost £1 million of taxpayers’ money every year cleaning up littering among other environmental crimes.

The new campaign will aim to encourage people to correctly dispose of their rubbish in one of the 3,000 bins across North Lincolnshire.

It will use slogans and puns on posters around the area to grab attention, including “we’re not messing”, “no ifs and butts” and “show a litter respect”.

Cllr Rob Waltham, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “We are taking an even tougher stance on environmental crime.

“We have a zero-tolerance policy to those people who drop waste on the ground for someone else to collect.

“Residents have voiced their increasing concerns about litter and this new campaign is a real statement of intent; dropping litter and failing to clean up after your dog is unacceptable and won’t be tolerated across our communities.

“Littering is a blight and dog fouling is a health hazard which can cause serious infections, particularly in young people, bringing a host of unpleasant side effects.

“It is antisocial behaviour and there is no room for rubbish excuses.”

Cash machines at banks in Lincoln have been covered in stickers and posters by Extinction Rebellion, criticising their funding of fossil fuels.

The climate change activist group “decorated” the cash points from Barclays and HSBC on Lincoln High Street.

The posters and stickers flag up funding companies such as Adani, who are building a controversial coal mine in Australia.

A rebrand for Barclays, as Extinction Rebellion refer to them as ‘Sharklays’. | Photo: Extinction Rebellion Lincolnshire

Extinction Rebellion claim that Barclays and HSBC are the top two European funders of fossil fuels since the Paris Agreement was signed in 2016.

The agreement is a pledge to strengthen the global response to climate change, but Barclays provided £95.2 billion to carbon-insensitive companies and projects in the last four years.

Damning reminders on ATM machines in Lincoln. | Photo: Extinction Rebellion Lincolnshire

Previously Extinction Rebellion plastered 17 petrol stations in the city with warnings about fossil fuel burning.

Rosemary Robinson, a local Lincolnshire XR activist, said: “These banks are knowingly investing in companies that are continuing their assault on the earth.

“Their pursuit of profit jeopardises all life on earth, including humans. I support this action against the banks because I want my children and grandchildren to have a life worth living.”

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