MSP cries foul over rendering plant

North East Conservative MSP, Dr Nanette Milne has called on Aberdeenshire Council and SEPA to investigate foul smells coming from the rendering plant, at Upper Cottown, Kintore.

“I have received a number of complaints from local constituents in Kintore and Kemnay”, says Dr Milne, “that they are experiencing once again unacceptable smells from the rendering plant at Upper Cottown, Kintore.

“I have written to the Chief Executive of Aberdeenshire Council to ask for the council to investigate the situation and will be seeking a meeting with SEPA to demand that steps are taken to improve the environmental situation and address the concerns of local residents.”

The rendering plant closed in 2004 falling the liquidating of Dundas Brothers, the operating company. The company’s failure came after SEPA served notice on the company following long running complaints about foul odours from the plant.
Many Kintore residents recall, with considerable distaste, how – at its worst – they had keep windows and doors shut, even in good weather and people would actually hurry back indoors to get away from the smell.

After several changes of owner, the plant was taken over last year by Scot Proteins. Reassurances were offered about the reopening in a Q&A document by SEPA last year.

The document said that “You should report any complaints relating to rendering activities on this site to SEPA”. It gave a telephone number for any complaints during office hours to call SEPA’s Aberdeen office on 01224 248338. Outside office hours, complaints should be made using SEPA’s pollution hotline 0800 80 70 60.

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