Company behind Neasden and Wembley stench drawn into another ‘smell row’

Mr Raghwani (back row, furthest right) and his employees claim the Seneca plant is behind a bad smel

Mr Raghwani (back row, furthest right) and his employees claim the Seneca plant is behind a bad smell in the air - Credit: Archant

A waste management firm in which has been previously warned over smells coming from its site has been accused of producing a bad odour again in Neasden and Wembley.

Seneca has been warned by the Environmental Agency in the past

Seneca has been warned by the Environmental Agency in the past - Credit: Archant

Seneca Environmental Solutions has been drawn into another row after Vimal Raghwanif claimed staff ay his company Laxcon had been force to go home sick, one worker quit and others have threatened to leave because of a bad smell in the air.

The 33-year-old, who manages the construction company in Drury Way Industrial Estate, Laxcon Close, added the putrid smell has resulted in him closing his business nine times in the last year due to health and safety concerns.

He said: “It is a huge embarrassment when we invite business partners over for meetings.

“We are not saying they should close or demanding compensation; we just want it to stop. It is crushing our morality and productivity.”

The Environment Agency (EA) have twice issued Seneca with an enforcement notice demanding waste be removed from the facility following a string of complaints from residents and businesses about a bad spell.

The company was also sent a warning letter from EA.

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Mr Raghwani said: “We are not going to sit here in silence, while they sit back and destroy our company.

“We will take every action to ensure that our staff are safe and provided with a safe place to work.”

Kenneth Doran, general manger at Seneca, said both companies have met to discuss the problem and have worked with the EA regarding odour emissions from the site.

He added: “They (EA) have audited the site and confirmed we are working in line with our permit and have assessed odour levels to be below any threshold for complaint.”

An EA spokesman said: “We are aware of the issues raised and we take any complaints of odour arising from sites that we permit very seriously.

“In the meantime we encourage members of the public to report any further odour issues from the site to us via our 24 hour hotline on 0800 807060.”

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