West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has called for action from the Environment Agency after receiving complaints from Simonswood residents and Simonswood Parish council about unpleasant smells from a business on the nearby Knowsley business Park.

During the period of April to June 2017, the Environment Agency received 31 reports of foul smelling odour in the area from the Suez Recycling and Recovery Rail Transfer Loading Station in Knowsley Business Park.

Having written to the Environment Agency, Rosie Cooper MP can confirm that the EA is working with the operator to produce a robust Odour Management Plan that identifies the root cause of the smell and its eradication.

In the meantime, Suez have carried out some mitigation work whilst a comprehensive resolution to the issue is being sought.

MP Rosie said:

“It is unacceptable and intolerable not to be able to enjoy your home and open your windows on a sunny day because of foul smells originating from a local business.

“I am grateful to the Environment Agency for taking action in this regard and to the operators, Suez, for carrying out short-term mitigation but clearly there has to be a proper longer term solution to the issues raised by my constituents and Simonswood Parish Council.

“Whilst this is a good initial outcome, it is not enough. I will continue to monitor the situation closely until I am assured that local residents will no longer have to put up with the odour.”

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