Aug 23 2012 by Hannah Bewley, Harrow Observer
A PUTRID smell is lingering over Wembley even though a waste company has been warned to clean up its act.
The Environment Agency has been monitoring Seneca waste disposal plant in Hannah Close, Neasden, and has warned it risks losing its permits or prosecution.
A spokesperson for the agency, which has received numerous complaints about the smell, said: “We do not feel that the site operators are showing proper regard for their local communities.
“Please be assured that we are continuing to actively consider the next steps in line with our enforcement and prosecution policy; this could include issuing further enforcement notices, prosecuting the operators or even revoking their environmental permits.”
The odour can be smelled from inside trains on the Jubilee and Metropolitan lines that run alongside the waste facility near Wembley Stadium.
An enforcement notice was served on Friday, August 3, but the operator has not complied with the notice.
Michael McLarnon, operations director for Seneca, said: “The materials build-up in the facility was due to a mechanical breakdown in the plant. The material in question is being removed in complete compliance with the requirements of the Environment Agency.
“Our continued efforts will see all of this material removed from the facility by this weekend. We take our obligations very seriously and apologise for any inconvenience we have caused.”
A Brent Council spokesman said officers have made regular visits to the premises, passing their findings to the Environment Agency.
Members of the public are encouraged to report new smells to the Environment Agency’s 24 hour incident hotline on 800 80 70 60.