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Company behind Neasden and Wembley stench has been previously rapped over smells

PUBLISHED: 17:07 24 August 2012

Seneca Environmental Solutions has been hit with two enforcement notices and one warning

Seneca Environmental Solutions has been hit with two enforcement notices and one warning

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Seneca Environmental Solutions has been hit with two enforcement notices and one warning

How the smell is affecting residents

Bob Donovan, 62, who runs his own business from Village Way - his home of 55 years where he lives with his son.

He said: “It has changed our lives completely. It is impossible to enjoy life here.”

Philly Escott, 35, moved in with her disabled mother Chrissie, 60, in Aylesbury Street, Neasden, five years ago to be her carer.

She said: “It’s almost a siege mentality when we are locked in, but worst of all is that we have had a plague of black flies.”

Cristina Hora, 27, is a business consultant who has lived in Village Way for two years with her partner Alex, 26, an estate agent.

She said: “It is ruining our lives. I’d like to see what would happen if the leader of the council had to live next to this smell.”

A waste management firm at the centre of an environmental row has been hit with two enforcement notices and one warning in less than a year over smells coming from its site, the Times can reveal.

Seneca Environmental Solutions, which runs a waste recovery facility in Hannah Close, Neasden, was issued with an enforcement notice demanding waste be removed from the facility by August 10.

The notice was issued following complaints from residents about a putrid smell filling the air.

The notice was not complied with and the Environment Agency is now considering its next course of action – which could include revoking the company’s environmental permits.

Seneca has blamed mechanical breakdown on the build up of household waste and said the removal was being done in ‘complete compliance’ with the Agency’s requirements.

It has also said that all waste will be removed by this coming weekend.

However, the Times has discovered that Seneca was twice rapped by the Agency last year – both for similar problems of odours leaving the site.

In September 2011 Seneca was served an enforcement notice by the Environment Agency demanding it ‘suppress odour’ from the site after residents complained of smell.

The notice was acted upon by the firm, but in December 2011 it was sent a warning letter by the Agency after residents again complained about smell coming from the site.

The letter also hit out at Seneca for not informing the Agency when automatic doors on the waste transfer shed broke down – something it is required to do in accordance with its operating permit.

This warning was also acted upon by the firm.

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