Dust, Fumes and Odour

The Pollution Control Team is responsible for investigating complaints of dust, fumes and odour in its area.


Dust is generally produced during demolition works and vehicle movement on dry soil type surfaces during the summer months. Dust is a visible nuisance which can prevent people from opening their windows and using their gardens. Dust can collect on window sills and makes cars dirty. Reducing the risk of dust causing a statutory nuisance is often a simple solution; regular damping, screening or both.

Fumes and Odours

Fumes and odour are produced in many industrial processes and are controlled by modern gas cleaning systems. Fume and odour usually go hand in hand and therefore make it relatively easy to locate the source of the emissions. When odour is only present it can be difficult to identify the source of the emissions especially on an industrial estate where similar industrial processes operate. Operators of processes capable of producing dust, fume and odour should not cause a nuisance to residents and other businesses in the area.

Complaints of dust, fumes and odour received by the Pollution Control Team are investigated and if statutory nuisance is proven a Notice may be served on the person responsible. Contravention of the Notice carries a fine of up to £20,000.

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