Harborough MP Sir Edward Garnier raises a stink over animal rendering plant
Problems over smells from a factory are to be aired in the House of Commons today.
Harborough MP Sir Edward Garnier is to raise the issues surrounding the animal rendering plant run by JG Pears on the northern outskirts of Market Harborough.
He said: "I decided to call an adjournment debate to illustrate the years of problems which my constituents have had to suffer.
"I hope by raising the matter in the House of Commons it will spur the relevant agencies to take a proactive stance."
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JG Pears announced plans to carry out "a significant programme of developments" at its premises at Gallow Hill, Market Harborough.
Sarah Hill, district councillor for the area, welcomed Sir Edward's action. She said: "Having experienced some appalling smells from JG Pears, I welcome any action that makes the council and Pears deal with the problems."
In December 2008, the firm promised to take a series of measures to reduce smells after complaints.
JG Pears spokesman Alistair Collins said: "We seek to ensure no part of our activities cause a problem or annoyance to our neighbours and we continually invest to improve our abatement facilities, which is why we are proposing the new developments."
Mr Collins said following an investigation, council bosses had said they were unable to prove that "a significant harm arises from activities on site".
He said the plant complied with the Secretary of State's guidance for a properly managed facility.
A public consultation event on the plant takes place tomorrow at the Edwin Suite, Bowden Business Village, off Harborough Road.