Odour Abatement Order granted for trading fish at back of Grays shop after “well over a year of fighting”

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AN Odour Abatement Order has been granted after “”well over a year of fighting” from councillors who wanted action to stop trading of fish from a container at the back of a Grays shop.

Last month residents and the councillors expressed their concern about the effect the container (pictured above) close to the junction of London Road and Parker Road would have on the local environment.

Thurrock Council insisted last month no issues had been identified from a food and safety check.

However, with little to no explanation, out of the blue, an Odour Abatement Order has been granted.

Joint Statement from Cllrs Fish, Kerin and Pothecary: “We welcome this as a very long overdue step in the right direction, and are cautiously optimistic that it will make an impact. If it doesn’t, we will be back.

“We have been fighting with our residents for a very long time to resolve this issue. We welcome this ‘Odour Abatement Order’ and see it as a very welcome step forward.

“We will now monitor the situation and, if needed, intervene again.”

In a statement yesterday (28 April) on social media, Cllr Martin Kerin expressed the level of persistence that had to be shown to secure the order.

“It’s taken well over a year of fighting, but myself, Cllr Fish, Jane Pothecary and our residents have finally secured an ‘Odour Abatement Order’ for our residents on Parker Rd, London Rd #Grays Thurrock and the surrounding area.”

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