Information about pollution the council deal with, ranging from bad smells or odours to dust pollution from construction sites etc.
You can report air pollution online:
Report air pollution
The council has legal powers to investigate and deal with serious problems caused by air pollution, such as smells and dust.
However, we only have powers to investigate smells and dust from industrial or business premises, not domestic properties. We may, however, be able to deal with certain causes of smells and dust at domestic properties, such as accumulations of waste or bonfires.
The government's legislation website provides more detail on statutory nuisance powers.
Statutory Nuisance - Environmental Protection Act 1990 (external website)
Report an air pollution problem online:
Report air pollution
Find out what happens if you report a pollution incident to us.
Read more about the smoking of cigarettes in public places.
When an odour problem arises we receive a large number of complaints from residents and businesses in the area. All the complaints received with the complainants name, address, date, time and the location odour was witnessed are logged. The council will investigate the matter in more detail and visit if possible and appropriate.
During periods of high call numbers we cannot respond to every complainant individually, but will still be investigating the problem.
Following a detailed study, Yorkshire Water are undertaking a programme to upgrade the Beverley sewage works (Waste Water Treatment Works), which should help manage odours from the site. It is possible that some odours may be released during this work and this may be unavoidable. If the council receives complaints we will investigate.
Yorkshire Water may provide updates on progress at appropriate times, but should you require more information please visit the Yorkshire Water website:
Yorkshire Water - Beverley sewage works update (external website)
Regular visits to the area (and site if necessary) are undertaken by the council throughout the summer months and complaints will be investigated.
Further information is available on the Yorkshire Water website:
Yorkshire Water - Saltend sewage works update (external website)
Report smells and odours
Please note: It is very important that detailed information, including your full name, address, and telephone number or email address, is given, as well as the exact date, time and location (home or work address) where the odour has been detected by you. Without this information the individual complaint cannot be fully investigated.
In 2015 a number of complaints were received using the app 'Fix my Street'. Whilst this can be useful for reporting defective street items, it is not intended for alleged nuisance investigations as it does not provide all the information we need. We will not be able to investigate or respond to this type of complaint when submitted to Fix my Street.
In addition to making a complaint to the council, we would encourage people affected by any odours from the sewage works to also report it to Yorkshire Water.
If you have a complaint or enquiry about the Saltend site, please contact Yorkshire Water:
Tel: 03451 24 24 24
Yorkshire Water will respond to each enquiry and will visit residents affected at the time if possible and appropriate.
For other complaints and enquiries, please visit the Yorkshire Water website:
Yorkshire Water (external website)
The council issues permits to certain types of business that might have an impact on air quality, including smells and dust. The permits contain certain conditions that the businesses have to comply with, including emission limits.
We routinely inspect industrial processes and other business premises to make sure they are complying with these conditions. If we receive complaints about a permitted site, we will investigate to see if there has been a breach of condition.
You can find out more information on the environmental permitting page.
Muck spreading (the spreading of manure on farmland) is recognised as standard agricultural practice and odour can be expected from time to time.
Odours usually last for a short period of time and farmers are encouraged to use best practice whilst spreading muck in their fields.
The council are only likely to investigate odour complaints relating to the spreading of manure on land if the smell is particularly excessive or prolonged.
The Government’s code of good agricultural practice for farmers provides advice on best practice that farmers and land managers can take to minimise odours from muck spreading:
Protecting our Water, Soil and Air - A Code of Good Agricultural Practice for farmers (external website)
Certain matters, such as water pollution arising from farm wastes, are dealt with by the Environment Agency:
Environment Agency (external website)
Dust nuisance can be a major issue during construction work, from activities such as excavation, demolition, burning, and vehicles using roads.
Certain measures can be used to reduce the likelihood of causing a dust nuisance, including:
Advice and guidance is available to the construction industry and members of the public on the Considerate Constructors Scheme website.
Considerate constructors scheme (external website)
The council can investigate odour and dust nuisance from building sites. Conditions relating to dust control are often attached to planning permissions, particularly for large developments.
These are enforced by the council's planning enforcement section.