Belton pet food firm appeals decision to strip its licence

North Lincolsnhire Council removing of 18 tonnes of dog biscuits at Welham Estates.
North Lincolsnhire Council removing of 18 tonnes of dog biscuits at Welham Estates.
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A PET food firm fined £10,000 for burying 18 tonnes of dog biscuits has appealed against the decision to strip it of its licence.

Belton-based Welham Estates is appealing against the revocation of its licence, which took effect last November.

North Lincolnshire Council withdrew the permit, issued in March 2008, after a string of complaints about the smell caused by the plant in Belton Road, as well as failure to dispose of waste properly.

Withdrawing the permit, North Lincolnshire’s environmental team said the company had a poor record of complying with earlier regulatory requirements, and that other enforcement tools had been exhausted.

In a letter it said: “The council has lost confidence in Welham Estates Ltd’s commitment to comply with the permit.”

It went on to detail a series of complaints, including bad smells, the burning and burying of rubbish, and rats amongst decomposing bakery waste.

In October last year the company was fined £10,000 for burying 18 tonnes of dog biscuits.

The appeal will be heard in May this year.