Hyndburn residents seek to halt hide firm

Hyndburn residents seek to halt hide firm

Hyndburn residents seek to halt hide firm

First published in Hyndburn Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Assistant picture editor

AROUND 150 people have objected to plans for an animal hide company to expand its business.

Almost 100 letters and a 50-strong petition have been received by Hyndburn Borough Council relating to Harwood Hides’ proposal to expand to a site in Church Street, Church.

But the owner of the firm, currently based in Park Road, Great Harwood, said a lot of the issues raised were unfounded.

Residents are up in arms about the application to change the use of the ex-Woodscape building from warehousing to general industry.

Neighbours have complained about possible increased traffic, smell, attracting vermin to the site and use of chemicals.

But Simon Scott, owner of the company, said the complainants had not read the application properly.

He said: “We don’t have any machinery and we don’t use any chemicals on the site.

“We don’t process the hides and skins, we just salt them and then ship them out.”

The hides and skins (above) are segregated by weight and size and are salted before being exported for shoe and leather goods production.

The process acts to remove the moisture from the hides and preserve them. The hides are retained on site in the salted state for at least two weeks.

Mr Scott said no objections had been received by Environmental Health, conservation officers, the River and Canal Trust or the Council’s highway’s department.

He said: “We are hoping to create an additional 20 to 30 jobs because we will be keeping the site in Great Harwood.

“The odour assessment survey carried out by the council said we passed stringent tests with flying colours and highways have said our plans to widen the access gates will actually improve traffic flow.”

When asked about attracting vermin to the site, he said: “We do have rats at the Great Harwood site but no more than at any factory.”

Cecilia Collard, of Church Street, Accrington, said: “It’s going to have a huge effect.

“Not only are we going to have the smell of the treatment, we are going to have the smell of the hides.

“I don’t want the smell or the traffic. It’s a proposterous idea.”

Council officers will discuss the application at Hyndburn Council’s planning committee on September 12.

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5:39pm Thu 23 Aug 12

trout fisher says...

on the day that the odour assessment was done they had a very convenient diesel spillage, which masked any smell how lucky was that.
just what part of your not welcome or wanted here don't you people understand
on the day that the odour assessment was done they had a very convenient diesel spillage, which masked any smell how lucky was that. just what part of your not welcome or wanted here don't you people understand trout fisher
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7:00pm Thu 23 Aug 12

maxi123 says...

Having studied the various documents available on the council web site there is insufficientevidence that a comprehensive odour assessment has been completed, we therefore visited the Great Harwood site and the odour was awfull! One of the recommendations to be put in place is that when hides are transported they are covered due to the odour, surley evidence that it does exists?
The pictures on the council web site show skips with uncovered hides, how can anyone say this will not increase vermin? Also this site runs along the canal, will this not increase the risk of rats?
The Gt Harwood site is on an industrial area away from homes, this is on a residential street, across from people's homes, near to a children's play area and a doctor's surgery, how can anyone say it is an appropriate development?
Having studied the various documents available on the council web site there is insufficientevidence that a comprehensive odour assessment has been completed, we therefore visited the Great Harwood site and the odour was awfull! One of the recommendations to be put in place is that when hides are transported they are covered due to the odour, surley evidence that it does exists? The pictures on the council web site show skips with uncovered hides, how can anyone say this will not increase vermin? Also this site runs along the canal, will this not increase the risk of rats? The Gt Harwood site is on an industrial area away from homes, this is on a residential street, across from people's homes, near to a children's play area and a doctor's surgery, how can anyone say it is an appropriate development? maxi123
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7:10pm Thu 23 Aug 12

doggydog says...

who cares?
who cares? doggydog
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7:21pm Thu 23 Aug 12

The Mekon says...

If they did an odour assessment at the Great Harwood site they must have done it on the wrong day. I often go Tesco, which is about 150 yards from the factory. The stench on a warm day is enough to make you gag.
If they did an odour assessment at the Great Harwood site they must have done it on the wrong day. I often go Tesco, which is about 150 yards from the factory. The stench on a warm day is enough to make you gag. The Mekon
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8:02pm Thu 23 Aug 12

arrod baw says...

The Mekon wrote:
If they did an odour assessment at the Great Harwood site they must have done it on the wrong day. I often go Tesco, which is about 150 yards from the factory. The stench on a warm day is enough to make you gag.
The smell could be coming from the adjacent slaughter house Mekon.The smell is one of blood and guts...not present in a hide processing plant.
[quote][p][bold]The Mekon[/bold] wrote: If they did an odour assessment at the Great Harwood site they must have done it on the wrong day. I often go Tesco, which is about 150 yards from the factory. The stench on a warm day is enough to make you gag.[/p][/quote]The smell could be coming from the adjacent slaughter house Mekon.The smell is one of blood and guts...not present in a hide processing plant. arrod baw
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