PEOPLE who live near to a vegetable processing plant have been warned to expect an increase in foul odours lingering in the air for the next eight weeks while waste storage lagoons are cleared.
North West Leicestershire District Council has been advised by the Environment Agency and AB Produce, based in Repton Road, that residents in Measham and surrounding villages may experience 'some increase in odour' as the company undertakes the work.
The smells emitting from the firm have been a major bone of contention for many years for people who live nearby.
It is hoped that this work could put an end to these issues.
Alison Smith, deputy leader and portfolio holder for North West Leicestershire District Council, said: "We've worked for some time with AB Produce to find a resolution to the odour issues.
"We're very pleased to hear that this work is being undertaken and hope this contributes to a permanent solution for local people."
A spokesman for AB Produce said: "We are pleased that we are now taking a small step towards our aim of installing an anaerobic digestion facility on site, which will resolve the current issues in a sustainable and environmentally beneficial manner."
The lagoons, which currently contain waste vegetable matter, have already been drained of their liquid content in preparation for the operation to remove the remaining solid matter.
The material extracted will be stored at the side of the lagoons for a maximum of eight weeks to ensure it is fully drained before being removed from the site for land improvement purposes.
North West Leicestershire district council's environmental protection team will log complaints of odours from residents and will continue to monitor the progress of this digging out process.
Residents can continue to report odour incidents by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org where the complaint will be logged, and to the Environment Agency by calling 0800 80 70 60 or emailing email@example.com