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Nuisance from smells

We receive many complaints about smells that affect people living nearby.

We take the following factors into consideration when investigating complaints:

  • the cause of the smell
  • the nature of the smell
  • how often it happens
  • how long the smell lasts
  • the effect it has on you and your enjoyment of your home
  • the methods available to reduce the smell


The odours we investigate might be due to:

  • industrial processes
  • filthy and verminous domestic premises
  • drainage
  • bonfires
  • cooking smells from commercial premises


Muck spreading

This is part and parcel of living in the countryside as the process of ‘spreading’ is a key factor in successful farming. Unfortunately the weather and positions of fields and crops dictate when farmers can spread. This often coincides with warmer days when people have windows open or are enjoying their gardens. The odours usually last for a short period of time and farmers are encouraged to use best practice whilst spreading muck in their fields.

Agricultural odours in a country location are not likely to be investigated by environmental protection unless they are excessive and are identified to be as a result of bad agricultural practices.

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