The smell of dog food wafting from a factory prompted a protest from fed-up residents.
The Real Petfood Company – which manufactures premium pet food snacks at the former Hotpoint site Kinmel Park in Bodelwyddan – has received complaints about baking aromas from local residents.
Earlier this year, bosses revealed proposals to spend more than £300,000 on two 40m chimneys so that odours will be expelled at a suitable height and speed, with the move “offering the lowest environmental footprint.”
But a revised planning application was submitted to Denbighshire council for just one chimney between 32 and 35 metres high after a backlash from nearby homeowners.
The first 15m will be below the factory roof level.
The firm said it will mean a “greatly reduced visual impact.”
But staging a peaceful protest today, locals said they feel they shouldn’t have to put up with such an “offensive eyesore” when they gathered at the factory gates bearing banners.
Pat Chapman, who lives near the plant, said: “We are not happy with the current situation.
“The smell is affecting people’s health and their way of life.
“We can’t even sit in our gardens or have our doors and windows open.
“We’ve been putting up with this since April last year.
“We don’t think they should have to build a chimney to get rid of the smell.
“We shouldn’t have to put up with a 35m offensive eyesore.”
Several reviews have been left on Google complaining about the whiff .
One woman wrote: “The smell running through Bodelwyddan has affected the quality of villagers’ lives.
“The smell is disgusting and makes people feel physically sick.”
A man added: “I’ve lived in Bodelwyddan 13 years.
“The town stinks of something dreadful now – makes my stomach turn.
“Can’t sit in the garden half the time. Thank you Real Petfood Co.”
Before moving to Kinmel Park , the firm was based in Flint, where in nine years carrying out the same production process, the firm received no complaints about unpleasant odours.
Speaking to the Daily Post in February, Graham Wheeler, the company’s founder and managing director, said it may be due to the topography or particular weather conditions in this locality.
Commenting today, he said: “Following extensive discussions with Denbighshire council, we have agreed to install the best available odour abatement equipment on the oven flues combined with a single, reduced height chimney.
“I feel our agreement to this dual approach is proof of the firm’s commitment to find an answer that works for all parties.
“A revised planning application for the scheme is now with the council.”
He added: “This proposed solution does have a number of drawbacks such as a lengthier time for installation, a much higher carbon footprint including increased water and electricity usage, and a capital cost to the business in excess of £450,000.
“However, we feel these disadvantages are more than offset by the need to find a permanent solution that works for all.”
The business says it has invested more than £15m in the site working closely with Denbighshire council and the Welsh Government on all aspects of regulatory control and economic development.