Abattoir nightmare becomes reality for Boosbeck residents

The Northern Echo: The slaughterhouse in Boosbeck which has now re-opened The slaughterhouse in Boosbeck which has now re-opened

AN investigation has been launched after a number of complaints about the smells and noises coming from an east Cleveland slaughterhouse.

Boosbeck Against Slaughterhouse (BASH) fought to stop the abattoir in the centre of the village from re-opening when application was lodged with Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council in 2011.

The group was unsuccessful in their campaign and BHM of Middlesbrough were able to prepare halal meet on the premises from the end of last year.

The council were heavily criticised for allowing the site to be re-opened but maintained they were unable to block it as no planning permission was needed because there would be no change of use of the site.

However, following the complaints the authority has said it will continue to work with the owner and residents.

Neville Brown, of BASH, claims their initial concerns have turned into reality as the slaughterhouse is running throughout the night while the smell and noises are unbearable.

He said: “This is now a night-time operation and, as you can imagine, with residents living only 20 metres away, this is becoming an unbearable situation.

"With wagons coming and going throughout the night, workers shouting, sheep bleating, fans, refrigeration and generators all buzzing away, residents are losing sleep because of this.

“But there is also another problem. The stench of the gut trailer that is parked at the back of the premises is filled with guts and animal innards just venting off for all in the village to smell.

“I have even witnessed school children stood waiting for their school bus, covering their mouths and noses because the stench is so unbearable.”

Last year the campaigners issued a legal challenge after the licence was granted to re-open the abattoir but the Court of Appeal rejected their appeal in January.

Residents have made a number of complaints to the local authority, which is working with DEFRA department, the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency, to investigate their concerns.

Councillor Helen McLuckie, cabinet member for highways, planning and transport, said: “We have received a number of complaints about operating practice which our planning enforcement team and our environmental protection team are investigating and will take appropriate action if we find them in breach of operating conditions or if there is evidence that a statutory nuisance has occurred.”

No one was available for comment from BHM of Middlesbrough last night.

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12:39pm Sun 1 Dec 13

Voice-of-reality says...

One trusts all the residents will be having a meat-free Christmas or hypocritical NIMBYism springs to mind.
One trusts all the residents will be having a meat-free Christmas or hypocritical NIMBYism springs to mind. Voice-of-reality
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4:48pm Sun 1 Dec 13

Jackaranda says...

There's one word which has allowed it to re-open, and the word is..............HALA
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There's one word which has allowed it to re-open, and the word is..............HALA L Jackaranda
  • Score: 11

5:40pm Sun 1 Dec 13

Colcat says...

Voice-of-reality: 1 - you are no such thing, and 2 - you are an inconsiderate moron.
Voice-of-reality: 1 - you are no such thing, and 2 - you are an inconsiderate moron. Colcat
  • Score: 2

6:14pm Sun 1 Dec 13

Voice-of-reality says...

Meat must be processed somewhee and I am sure that the local residents enjoy meat. What is needed is a variance to the operating hours and acceptance that the food we all like to eat needs to be slaughtered somewhere. If you don;t wish to live next to an abbatoire - move.
Meat must be processed somewhee and I am sure that the local residents enjoy meat. What is needed is a variance to the operating hours and acceptance that the food we all like to eat needs to be slaughtered somewhere. If you don;t wish to live next to an abbatoire - move. Voice-of-reality
  • Score: -8

6:22pm Sun 1 Dec 13

robbiejay says...

Councillor Helen McLuckie. Any relation??
Councillor Helen McLuckie. Any relation?? robbiejay
  • Score: 2

6:52pm Sun 1 Dec 13

darloboss says...

bumbles you could buy up all the housing and fill them with your tennents and collect your housing benefit from them
ps not one of your workhouses is it
bumbles you could buy up all the housing and fill them with your tennents and collect your housing benefit from them ps not one of your workhouses is it darloboss
  • Score: 10

8:28pm Sun 1 Dec 13

Voice-of-reality says...

That's not a bad idea.I must look at zoopla with regard to the area. -
That's not a bad idea.I must look at zoopla with regard to the area. - Voice-of-reality
  • Score: 10

8:49pm Sun 1 Dec 13

Colcat says...

There is no reason whatsoever for slaughterhouses to be situated within a mile of any housing estate or village. I suggest that they would be an ideal use for parts of farms that are struggling to make ends meet and would be closer to the supply chain, thus reducing transportation issues. How could anyone who lives 20m away from a new slaughterhouse that runs 24 hours a day sell their house for anything other than a massive loss? I certainly wouldn't buy one. They won't raise enough money from the sale to move into anywhere else. Calling NIMBYism and suggesting that if someone is a meat eater then they have no grounds to complain is just moronic. Making light of the issue in the way you just have also smacks of a disgusting contempt for those suffering in this situation in Boosbeck.
There is no reason whatsoever for slaughterhouses to be situated within a mile of any housing estate or village. I suggest that they would be an ideal use for parts of farms that are struggling to make ends meet and would be closer to the supply chain, thus reducing transportation issues. How could anyone who lives 20m away from a new slaughterhouse that runs 24 hours a day sell their house for anything other than a massive loss? I certainly wouldn't buy one. They won't raise enough money from the sale to move into anywhere else. Calling NIMBYism and suggesting that if someone is a meat eater then they have no grounds to complain is just moronic. Making light of the issue in the way you just have also smacks of a disgusting contempt for those suffering in this situation in Boosbeck. Colcat
  • Score: 1

9:06pm Sun 1 Dec 13

NO EINSTEIN says...

Unbelievable, I remember this slaughter house when I dropped cattle off and there was no houses just a snack caravan.

Some one then took a risk and built houses around the place, and people could not buy them quick enough, fully knowing what was next door.

It then shuts and reopens and they all start moaning.

If you don't want it move, you will get more money than you paid for your houses originally.

Oh and Colcat stop knocking VOR, you may not agree with his comments, but there true, and very logical.
Unbelievable, I remember this slaughter house when I dropped cattle off and there was no houses just a snack caravan. Some one then took a risk and built houses around the place, and people could not buy them quick enough, fully knowing what was next door. It then shuts and reopens and they all start moaning. If you don't want it move, you will get more money than you paid for your houses originally. Oh and Colcat stop knocking VOR, you may not agree with his comments, but there true, and very logical. NO EINSTEIN
  • Score: 20

9:11pm Sun 1 Dec 13

Voice-of-reality says...

Thank you No Einstein. I had checked that the slaughter house was there first. You are, therefore, quite right, the people who chose to move there knew the history of the area. In the same way, if you don't wish to be disturbed by village church bells don't live next to a medieval church and, if you don't wish to be woken by flights don't live under a flight path.
Thank you No Einstein. I had checked that the slaughter house was there first. You are, therefore, quite right, the people who chose to move there knew the history of the area. In the same way, if you don't wish to be disturbed by village church bells don't live next to a medieval church and, if you don't wish to be woken by flights don't live under a flight path. Voice-of-reality
  • Score: 20

10:10pm Sun 1 Dec 13

mallymole says...

reading the story about the slaughter house & how close this is to residents homes, one would have thought the council would have said no but it looks like the council fully agree with this slaughter house, would they live near this, i think not, the council are hiding behind legal laws & dragging their feet over planning regs; this is where the local MP needs to raise this at the highest level in govt;
reading the story about the slaughter house & how close this is to residents homes, one would have thought the council would have said no but it looks like the council fully agree with this slaughter house, would they live near this, i think not, the council are hiding behind legal laws & dragging their feet over planning regs; this is where the local MP needs to raise this at the highest level in govt; mallymole
  • Score: -8

2:50am Mon 2 Dec 13

Voice-of-reality says...

Incidentally, it probably wouldn't have been commercially viable to reopen the abattoir but then a government - now, which one would it be? - said that farms could no longer slaughter their own meat - everything had to go to a slaughterhouse. Ah, the irony
Incidentally, it probably wouldn't have been commercially viable to reopen the abattoir but then a government - now, which one would it be? - said that farms could no longer slaughter their own meat - everything had to go to a slaughterhouse. Ah, the irony Voice-of-reality
  • Score: 6

11:17am Mon 2 Dec 13

Colcat says...

"If you don't want it move, you will get more money than you paid for your houses originally."
So everyone living in the new houses at Greenside View (and I suspect but am not sure of those in Brookside) will be able to sell their homes for a profit? Don't think so. And this idea of a profit anyway - when you can't buy another similar house with the proceeds then you haven't made any real profit, even if it is more than they originally paid for it.
"Oh and Colcat stop knocking VOR, you may not agree with his comments, but there true, and very logical."
I will not stop knocking anyone who I believe is: 1. Wrong, 2. Morally suspect, 3. Making stupid comments completely devoid of any empathy, based on the "I'm alright Jack," or even worse "I've been screwed by X so I'm going to criticise anyone else who objects to getting screwed by anyone" attitudes, of which VOR seems to be one.
FFS have some compassion, people. (I was about to make a comment about suspecting which political allegiance VOR has, but I just noticed the last comment and it was confirmed!)
"If you don't want it move, you will get more money than you paid for your houses originally." So everyone living in the new houses at Greenside View (and I suspect but am not sure of those in Brookside) will be able to sell their homes for a profit? Don't think so. And this idea of a profit anyway - when you can't buy another similar house with the proceeds then you haven't made any real profit, even if it is more than they originally paid for it. "Oh and Colcat stop knocking VOR, you may not agree with his comments, but there true, and very logical." I will not stop knocking anyone who I believe is: 1. Wrong, 2. Morally suspect, 3. Making stupid comments completely devoid of any empathy, based on the "I'm alright Jack," or even worse "I've been screwed by X so I'm going to criticise anyone else who objects to getting screwed by anyone" attitudes, of which VOR seems to be one. FFS have some compassion, people. (I was about to make a comment about suspecting which political allegiance VOR has, but I just noticed the last comment and it was confirmed!) Colcat
  • Score: -7

11:39am Mon 2 Dec 13

Voice-of-reality says...

What you seem to forget, Colcat, is that no one forced these people to move into their present houses. There was no authority making them buy the houses - they did so of their own free will in the full knowledge that the area possessed a light industrial unit that had formerly been a slaughterhouse. Therefore, all but the most unenlightened, should have known that such a business could return and that there is, as a consequence of central government planning legislation, no need for such a business to obtain a 'change of usage' planning permission. Accordingly, it was a relatively safe bet that at some stage a replacement business would open and foolish of the residents therefore to buy in that location.
Had the houses been built first then I would agree that planning permission for such an operaton should not have been granted. That, however, is not the case. If fault lies anywhere it is with the buyers themselves and the council for permitting the housing development.
What you seem to forget, Colcat, is that no one forced these people to move into their present houses. There was no authority making them buy the houses - they did so of their own free will in the full knowledge that the area possessed a light industrial unit that had formerly been a slaughterhouse. Therefore, all but the most unenlightened, should have known that such a business could return and that there is, as a consequence of central government planning legislation, no need for such a business to obtain a 'change of usage' planning permission. Accordingly, it was a relatively safe bet that at some stage a replacement business would open and foolish of the residents therefore to buy in that location. Had the houses been built first then I would agree that planning permission for such an operaton should not have been granted. That, however, is not the case. If fault lies anywhere it is with the buyers themselves and the council for permitting the housing development. Voice-of-reality
  • Score: 17

12:33pm Mon 2 Dec 13

darloboss says...

Voice-of-reality wrote:
What you seem to forget, Colcat, is that no one forced these people to move into their present houses. There was no authority making them buy the houses - they did so of their own free will in the full knowledge that the area possessed a light industrial unit that had formerly been a slaughterhouse. Therefore, all but the most unenlightened, should have known that such a business could return and that there is, as a consequence of central government planning legislation, no need for such a business to obtain a 'change of usage' planning permission. Accordingly, it was a relatively safe bet that at some stage a replacement business would open and foolish of the residents therefore to buy in that location.
Had the houses been built first then I would agree that planning permission for such an operaton should not have been granted. That, however, is not the case. If fault lies anywhere it is with the buyers themselves and the council for permitting the housing development.
got to admit he makes sense when he,s sober
[quote][p][bold]Voice-of-reality[/bold] wrote: What you seem to forget, Colcat, is that no one forced these people to move into their present houses. There was no authority making them buy the houses - they did so of their own free will in the full knowledge that the area possessed a light industrial unit that had formerly been a slaughterhouse. Therefore, all but the most unenlightened, should have known that such a business could return and that there is, as a consequence of central government planning legislation, no need for such a business to obtain a 'change of usage' planning permission. Accordingly, it was a relatively safe bet that at some stage a replacement business would open and foolish of the residents therefore to buy in that location. Had the houses been built first then I would agree that planning permission for such an operaton should not have been granted. That, however, is not the case. If fault lies anywhere it is with the buyers themselves and the council for permitting the housing development.[/p][/quote]got to admit he makes sense when he,s sober darloboss
  • Score: 8

1:04pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Voice-of-reality says...

Hic ;)
Hic ;) Voice-of-reality
  • Score: 1

11:13pm Mon 2 Dec 13

vikenii says...

What is the history of the site? when was the original abattoir operating? when were the houses built? If the abattoir precedes the housing development why shouldn't it operate as it was originally intended? Was the original abattoir operating whilst the homes were built? It's simple that's why we do searches before buying properties to understand what could be allowed to happen to the land around your potential home!
What is the history of the site? when was the original abattoir operating? when were the houses built? If the abattoir precedes the housing development why shouldn't it operate as it was originally intended? Was the original abattoir operating whilst the homes were built? It's simple that's why we do searches before buying properties to understand what could be allowed to happen to the land around your potential home! vikenii
  • Score: 1

12:27am Tue 3 Dec 13

Colcat says...

There is no reason whatsoever for slaughter houses to be within a mile of any housing estates or villages. They are an ideal use for parts of farms that are struggling to make ends meet and would reduce transportation costs by being nearer to the supply chain. How could anyone who lives 20m from a new slaughter house sell their house for anything other than a massive loss? I certainly wouldn't buy one. Calling NIMBYism and suggesting that if you are a meat eater then you have no grounds to complain is just moronic.
There is no reason whatsoever for slaughter houses to be within a mile of any housing estates or villages. They are an ideal use for parts of farms that are struggling to make ends meet and would reduce transportation costs by being nearer to the supply chain. How could anyone who lives 20m from a new slaughter house sell their house for anything other than a massive loss? I certainly wouldn't buy one. Calling NIMBYism and suggesting that if you are a meat eater then you have no grounds to complain is just moronic. Colcat
  • Score: -5

12:29am Tue 3 Dec 13

Colcat says...

Sorry about the last repeated post, problems with my phone.
Sorry about the last repeated post, problems with my phone. Colcat
  • Score: -5

1:02pm Wed 4 Dec 13

cushybutterfield says...

The local supermarkets are mega- packed with people buying meat and poultry this Christmas. I had difficulty in parking my car recently, the car parks were jammed packed and overflowing with shoppers. There was a near frenzy of a queue at the meat and poultry counters.
The local supermarkets are mega- packed with people buying meat and poultry this Christmas. I had difficulty in parking my car recently, the car parks were jammed packed and overflowing with shoppers. There was a near frenzy of a queue at the meat and poultry counters. cushybutterfield
  • Score: 0

12:12pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Nomatterwhat says...

Halal meEt? Really?
Halal meEt? Really? Nomatterwhat
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