Cheshire West and Chester Council is taking legal advice based on the results of a second period of air quality monitoring in the area of a perfume and fragrance manufacturer.
Earlier this year environmental health officers carried out an investigation into residents’ complaints of unpleasant odours thought to be emanating from Ungerer Ltd in Sealand Road.
They also set up a hot line for residents’ complaints – with officers on stand-by around the clock for a week.
And today (Wednesday, September 3) councillor Lynn Riley, executive member for Localities revealed: “The results of the monitoring exercise had been analysed by our officers and the outcome will be the subject of legal advice.”
In the meantime Ungerer has agreed to the establishment of a liaison committee with local residents and a council representative.
The monitoring exercise is the second carried out by the council’s regulatory services following concerns from local residents.
Ungerer, an international firm, has responded to those concerns with several measures designed to reduce odour levels.
These have included the cessation of the production of liquid reaction flavours on site and the introduction of an air extraction system to aid the dilution and dispersion of odours from the flavours laboratory.
In summer of 2012, the company installed an odour abatement system to its powder blending facility and last year expel-air fans serving the laboratory were fitted with timing switches to prevent accidental operation when the premises were closed.
An activated carbon odour abatement system was installed in the fragrance building and a similar system also installed within the quality control laboratory to serve the oven.