Foul odours can be caused by many different sources and range from small neighbourhood problems to offensive trades or industrial activities.

Simple neighbourhood odour complaints such as poorly maintained composts, rotting rubbish bags, failing to clean up after pets etc can usually be dealt with as a Health Act Nuisance by the Council's Environmental Health Division.

In these cases, the person responsible for the odour situation will be required to abate the nuisance within a set time. This usually involves removing the source of the problem by some sort of clean-up operation and advice on preventing the problem arising again is supplied. Monitoring is carried out if necessary to ensure further problems do not occur.