Abattoir to expand?

A PLANNING committee will decide whether or not to grant a controversial animal waste firm permission to expand.

Omega Proteins, is part of the Bradford based Leo Group but stores animal waste at the site on Swales Moor Road, Halifax. It wants to replace existing sheds with larger ones, build a garage for HGV repairs, replace the canteen and put a second storey on their office.

The firm also wants to extend the pet food building and construct a plant building and machinery.

Calderdale’s planning officer has recommended that the application be permitted, despite 372 letters of objection being received.

Of those, 75 are original letters and 297 signed copies, with a further 23 signed copies that have no address.

Just one letter of support has been received.

Waste is stored at the site in Swales Moor Road, before being transferred to Omega Proteins rendering plant in Thornton, Bradford.

Residents living near and between the two sites have previously complained about the smell of lorries travelling through Queensbury, and the noise of wagons operating in the middle of the night.

They also claim that lorries frequently spill decaying animal by-products on the road.

Among those to object is Councillor Michael Walls, who wrote to the committee on behalf of Queensbury villagers.

He accused on Calderdale Council of failing to act upon the complaints which emanate from the Calderdale area, and that they ought to take steps to ensure that no more spillages take place.

In November last year, demonstrators against the firm gathered outside Bradford City Hall during an inquiry into the number of vehicles allowed to access the site.

The planning committee will meet to discuss the application at 6pm at Halifax Town Hall on Tuesday.

Should the firm be allowed to expand? Should the council be doing more? Email yoursay@halifaxcourier.co.uk