THE ‘putrid’ smell coming from a chicken factory has been blasted by people living nearby.
The factory on Glendale Avenue in Sandycroft, which processes 700,000 chickens a week, was taken over by new owners 2 Sisters Poultry Ltd earlier this year.
But residents say the ‘stench’ from there has become unbearable.
Factory owners have apologised for the odour problem “in recent weeks” and are working to tackle it.
But Gareth Gealy, who lives in nearby Bernsdale Close, described the smell as “putrid”.
“The place absolutely reeks,” he said.
“You can’t have a social life. You can’t go in the garden. You can’t have friends round.”
Mr Gealy said the 700,000 birds are brought in to the site alive each week, before being killed and prepared for the food market.
He’s now organising a petition urging action to tackle the stink and is vowing to make a claim for compensation.
“You can taste it in the air,” he added. “It’s worse than living next to a pile of dog mess.”
2 Sisiters Poultry say they are installing new anti-odour machinery but it will not be running until “some time in October”.
Queensferry’s Cllr David Wisinger said: “The smell is unbelievable.
“Over the summer, residents haven’t been able to go out in the garden. It’s not acceptable.”
Cllr Wisinger said that, before former owners Grampian Foods left, they were going to put in new machinery to deal with the smell. But when 2 Sisters Poultry took over, that never happened.
He said the company has also failed to attend three meetings the community council organised to discuss the matter.
2 Sisters Poultry said they were unable to attend because of “holiday commitments”.
Mr Gealy said capacity at the factory had recently increased and extra staff had been taken on.
There were 13,000 chickens processed at the site each week when it opened 40 years ago, Mr Gealy said, compared to the 700,000 now.
He said: “It’s only Monday to Friday at the moment. My biggest fear is that soon it will go to seven-days-a-week, 24-hours-a-day. That would be totally unbearable.”
A spokesman for the factory’s parent company 2 Sisters Food Group said it tried to be “a good neighbour” in all the communities in which it operated.
“We’re very sorry if local residents have been inconvenienced by smells in recent weeks,” he said.
“We’re aware of the problem and tackling this right now by installing new anti-odour machinery which will solve the problem.”
He said the equipment was “large and complex” so anticipated it would be up and running “sometime in October”.
The spokesman added the firm would welcome the chance to discuss plans with the council.
They had been unable to do so thus far, he said, because of holiday commitments, but said the company aimed to reschedule another meeting “as soon as possible”.