Proposed London slaughterhouse stirs up opposition

A new family restaurant in London’s southwest fears a slaughterhouse in the neighbourhood will drive away customers.

Muayad Abualhayja has asked the city to approve a halal abattoir at 8076 Longwoods Rd., a controversial application that has drawn support from the city’s Muslim community and opposition from area residents worried about the impact it will have on the area just west of Lambeth.

“We are concerned about the smell, since we have a patio,” said Aniko Komaromi, manager of the eatery she declined to identify.

The restaurant opened in November and added a patio this season, but when the wind blows, customers cannot sit outside.

“People want to sit on the patio and can’t. We have noticed a smell in the restaurant, too,” she added.

Komaromi’s concerns echo those of a long list of letter writers included in a staff report going to the city’s planning and environment committee Monday. City staff recommend supporting the zoning change allowing the farm to become an abattoir, despite the area drawing more residential buildings in recent years, say opponents.

“This has already impacted us, depending on which way the wind is blowing. The stench we get here is terrible,” said Norma Crouch, who lives on Longwoods Road.

“We can’t stay in the yard. There have been a lot of new, large homes in the area and I can’t see this will help at all. No one wants this. I don’t know where councillors’ heads are at.”

The committee also received a link to an online petition urging it not be allowed that gathered 1,100 signatures. Along with smell, worries about noise, traffic and property values were expressed by residents.

“The proposed abattoir and livestock facility are appropriate land uses within the agricultural designation, and are consistent with the contemplated uses within prime agricultural areas,” states the city staff report.

Although zoning now allows only a single home, farm animals have been kept on site and the owner faces a bylaw charge with a court appearance scheduled for Aug. 14, stated city staff.

Neighbours also have complained there have been dead animals on the property, along with live animals.

The Muslim community argues it needs the abattoir, as the population of more than 30,000 requires another slaughterhouse to provide food. The community is served now by one in Mt. Brydges, as well as Toronto-area abattoirs.

“The community needs this, the support is huge. There are thousands supporting it,” said Rashad Temraz, a friend of Abualhayja, the abbattoir owner.

”This is not just for Muslims, but Jews and Christians too.”

He also questioned why residents have not opposed a chicken farm in the area.

The smell from the farm is from animals on site and if an abattoir is approved, it will have rules and standards that may improve the smell, said Sonia Wise, city planner.

The abattoir approval would need a nutrient management system to cope with the manure smell. The slaughterhouse would come under the jurisdiction of Ontario’s Food Safety and Quality Act.

“That is where tools we have proposed come in that will look at odour-causing concerns,” said Wise. The act covers “the whole facility,” including how bones, carcasses and manure from the animals are dealt with.

“The overarching policy direction for this is agricultural in nature. There are alternative uses present, but the underlying is still agriculture,” said Wise.

Among the regulations set out in the city staff report, there are maintenance standards for farms, including the requirement to dispose of deadstock within 48 hours.

“The recommended actions combined will provide adequate opportunity to ensure that the livestock operation is maintained appropriately,” states the report.

A community meeting was held on June 29 for neighbours and about 30 persons attended, as did city staff and politicians.

“The comments articulated at the meeting largely echoed those expressed at the public participation meeting, including concerns about flies, odours, deadstock, traffic and property values. These comments have been considered,” stated the staff report.

Read other news on the city site of London.

lfpress
familyrestaurantinLondon
If you notice an error, highlight the text you want and press Ctrl + Enter to report it to the editor
2 views in october
I recommend
No recommendations yet

Comments

Post your comment to communicate and discuss this article.

Society
A village famous for its new year tradition of men prancing around with flaming barrels of tar on their heads has added another unusual string to its bow, by becoming home to a museum of science fiction props - which has opened in the cellar of the curator's house. Adventures in Science Fiction is the latest historical depository to join the 2,500 museums already in the UK. And with so many to choose from, there must be a museum to please pretty much every...
Society
An “influential" black firefighter from London who experienced racial abuse at work today calls for others  to “step up and champion equality” as he retires after nearly 30 years.  Michael Nicholas MBE, who this week retired from London Fire Brigade, campaigned for equal rights in the workforce after experiencing “widespread” racism during his career. Hailing Mr Nicholas as the “UK’s most influential black firefighter” in a statement following his retireme...
Society
Would you trust a taxi with no driver? Taxi firm Addison Lee is betting its customers will be ready to, in London at least, in just three years' time. It has joined forces with self-driving software specialist Oxbotica, and says the tie-up means it will offer self-driving taxis in the capital by 2021. The move will pit it against rival ride-hailing app Uber, which is also planning to roll out driverless cars on its network in the future, pending regulatory...
Crime
A senior US military commander has called on the UK to take back Islamic State fighters who have been "caught on the battlefield" in Syria. Maj Gen Patrick Roberson, commander of US special ops, also called on the government to repatriate two Londoners who have been called the "IS Beatles". The UK says El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey have been stripped of their British citizenship. The government is negotiating for them to face trial in the US. Speak...
Society
A woman has died in a suspected gas explosion in north-west London. Her body was found in a first-floor flat destroyed in the blast in Fulbeck Way, Harrow, just before 01:00 BST Sunday. Another woman, a man and a baby were rescued from a second-floor flat, with the woman and child taken to hospital. About 70 firefighters tackled the flames and 40 neighbours were evacuated from their homes. The Met is investigating. The victim, believed to be in her 80s, ha...
Society
About 13 million adults in the UK live in areas where at least half of the local banks and building societies have closed, analysis by the BBC reveals. Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show nearly 6,000 local branches have shut since 2010, a fall of a third. The consumer group Which? called the number of closures "alarming". Trade association UK Finance said closing a branch was a last resort when usage falls. Banks and building societ...
Society
A ban on sales of new petrol and diesel cars should be brought forward by eight years to 2032, MPs have said. The government's current plans to ensure all new cars are "effectively zero emission" by 2040 were "vague and unambitious", a report by Parliament's business select committee said. It also criticised cuts to subsidies and the lack of charging points. The government said it aimed to make the UK "the best place in the world" to own an electric vehicl...
Society
London area home sales fell 15.9 per cent in September from August because of a shortage of homes to sell, and that shortage of inventory helped push up prices by 20 per cent from a year ago, the head of the London St. Thomas Association of Realtors (LSTAR) said. In September, LSTAR reported 776 homes changed hands in London and St. Thomas, compared to a near-record August, when 923 homes were sold. By the numbers Homes sold in September: 776 (a drop of 6....
Society
Radical preacher Anjem Choudary, jailed for inviting support for the Islamic State group, has been released. The cleric was sentenced in 2016 to five-and-a-half years in prison. He led an extremist network linked to violent jihadists, including one of the killers of soldier Lee Rigby in 2013. Choudary, 51, has now served half of his sentence and will complete the rest under strict supervision. Police are preparing up to 25 measures to control him, the BBC...