Environmental health officers deal with smelly issue
Officers from Bedford Borough Council’s Environmental Health
team have responded to a series of odour complaints from residents
living near Norse Road in Bedford.
The complaints were believed to have been the result of
spreading pig manure on nearby fields in Renhold. An investigation
found that a piece of equipment was faulty which had caused a large
amount of digestate to pool on the field.
Officers from Bedford Borough Council immediately visited the
property and stopped any further spreading.
Visits such as this are likely to become more common in Bedford
Borough in the near future due to new laws which come into effect
from Spring 2014.
Previously, enforcement regarding the spreading of digestate
onto land was the responsibility of the Environment Agency (EA).
However, due to the new classification of digestate there will no
longer be a requirement for an Environmental Permit to be obtained
prior to digestate spreading in some cases. Therefore any odour
control from the spreading of such digestate will fall under the
Council officers are now contacting local producers and
spreaders of digestate to advise them of the change in rules and
what will be expected of them and their responsibilities in terms
of managing the odour.
Councillor Sarah Jayne Holland, Portfolio Holder for Community
and Regulatory Services, said: “The quick work of our officers
meant we were able to deal with this issue swiftly.
“We are already working with producers and spreaders of
digestate to make them aware of the changes relating to the
enforcement of this practice ahead of its introduction next
If you have any queries, concerns or require a quick response to
further incidents of odour nuisance then contact Environmental
Health & Trading Standards on 01234 718099.