Splatted again! New outcry at spill on road

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MORE animal waste has been spilled in Queensbury – at the same spot where a motorcyclist was thrown from his bike after skidding on offal in July.

The latest spillage on the A647 Halifax Road at Catherine Slack with the junction of Swales Moor Road, happened on Friday. One disgusted resident said: “I saw yellow and grey intestines on the road.

“The odour was vile and often after these spillages the smell affects us for weeks.”

Residents have fought a long campaign to stop repeated offal spillages in Queensbury, linked to the Leo Group.

A company spokesman said: “Unfortunately there was a minor incident. It was promptly attended to and two road sweepers were employed by the company to wash and cleanse the road.

“A full investigation is now being undertaken to determine the cause.

“Initial inquiries seem to suggest a door seal and door catch may have failed. We take our responsibilities very seriously and apologise for any inconvenience.”

Bradford Council said it was also investigating.

The Leo Group has sites at Swalesmoor Road, Ploughcroft, Halifax, and Erlings Works, Thornton, Bradford.

Swalesmoor Action Group spokeswoman Bev Barker said Calderdale Council should use its planning powers to restrict the number of buildings at Ploughcroft and the amount of animal waste transported between the two sites.

In July, Alba Transport, which carries waste for Omega Proteins, admitted breaking animal by-product laws after spills from its lorries and is due to be sentenced on Friday.

Both firms are owned by the Leo Group.