ePetition - Stop Coffee Roastery Pollution In North Laine

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Stop Coffee Roastery Pollution In North Laine

We the undersigned petition Brighton & Hove Council to curb the smoke and noise pollution emanating from Trading Post ‘The Roastery’ in Sydney Street, Brighton. We ask that the council takes action to protect local residents’ well-being, mental health and right to respect for home (Human Rights Act 1988 Article 8). This would be achieved by requiring the company to move its roasting operations out of this built up and densely populated, inner city, residential area. An industrial site out of town, as used by other coffee shops locally, is better suited to its industrial-scale roasting process (of which it boasts here https://www.tradingpostcoffee.co.uk/pages/trading-post-coffee-roasters-brighton-sydney-street).

Air pollution in the North Laine is already high. For over two years homes, gardens and areas around Tidy Street and Sydney Street have been filled with acrid and nauseating coffee roasting fumes every weekday morning from approximately 0800 until after 1300. Residents in the vicinity of the fumes cannot open windows or enjoy our outdoor space as a result. Many of us work from home and our children study from home so cannot avoid the smell. For those living immediately behind, the roaring noise of the roastery is also distressing and intrusive. Many members of our community have called on the Environmental Health and Planning Departments to take action, but have been told they will not or cannot do so. The company is currently in breach of aspects of its planning permission, but has received no sanction for this. We have also appealed directly and repeatedly to Trading Post Roastery, which has rarely even shown us the courtesy of responding to our emails.

This ePetition ran from 25/08/2022 to 14/11/2022 and has now finished.

51 people signed this ePetition.

Council response

Environmental Health have received complaints from nearby residents of intermittent noise and odour from the Coffee Roasters which have been extensively investigated by the Environmental Protection team. A Statutory Nuisance was not substantiated by officers; however, the business has voluntarily invested in abatement equipment to attempt to rectify the reported adverse impacts of their operation. This has included installing an afterburner and a silencer. However, it appears that there is still some residual odour escape at the rear of the premises and the premises management have been contacted this week about their proposed solution.

Planning Permission (BH2019/03013) was granted for a rear exaction flue on 28h November 2019. The planning decision included consideration of comments made by Environmental Health and summarised in the officer report (available online.) A planning enforcement investigation has established that the flue has been installed in a position approximately 1m different from the approved drawing. Whilst this is a technical breach, it would be regularised (in planning terms) through a minor variation to the approved scheme. It is not therefore considered expedient to require that action in this instance. There are no other known breaches of the approved scheme granted permission.


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