Bradford councillor is calling for a meeting with City Hall officers in village over spillages

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Bradford Council is considering further legal action against a waste-carrying company following spillages.

The authority is investigating after a motorcyclist was thrown from his bike last Friday when animal by-products were spilled from a lorry travelling along Halifax Road, Queensbury.

The incident followed another spillage last month near the junction of Fleet Lane and Brighouse and Denholme Road, close to Foxhill Primary School in Queensbury.

A spokesman for Swalesmoor-based Leo Group, whose lorries travel through the village to the company’s Omega Proteins site near Denholme, said: “We are investigating the circumstances around Friday’s spillage at the end of Swalesmoor Road.

“Each week the company’s fleet of wagons make many journeys without any incident.

“It is regrettable that there have been two incidents within close proximity to each other and we are fully investigating the root cause.”

Bradford Council is prosecuting the Leo Group for breaching the Animal By-Products Enforcement Regulations, which state waste must be collected and carried in leakproof, covered vehicles.

The company is due to appear at Bradford Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, July 27.

Speaking after the latest spillages, the authority’s principal environmental health manager Ruth Lees said: “Bradford Council will always try to enforce the transportation of animal by-products in accordance with the regulations, which state that there should be no leaks.

“Alleged spillages by any company will be investigated by Bradford Council with a view to prosecution.”

Bev Barker, of Queensbury-based Swalesmoor Action Group, said residents had contacted her soon after Friday’s spillage occurred.

She said: “Once again this caused great inconvenience to local residents who had to put up with the stench of the mix of spillage and disinfectant which certainly ruined the enjoyment of their gardens for part of or all the weekend when the weather was so good.

“Residents are now running out of patience with the company and more recently with authorities who deal with these companies and the ‘strict legislation’ which is supposed to protect us but has become nothing but a joke.”

Councillor Michael Walls (Con, Queensbury), has called for a meeting in the village with council officers and the Environment Agency.

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