Jump to content
  • Guest

    Nasty niff hits wrong note at stars' music rooms

    A music company that has been used by top stars such as Britney Spears, Coldplay and Shirley Bassey is plagued with an embarrassing problem... a nasty stench wafting into its offices.


    Music hire and production company John Henry's caters for a glittering roll call of the biggest names in the music business. But the company in Brewery Road, Holloway, also has to contend with a pungent cooking whiff wafting in up to four times a week.


    John Henry's alleges the smell may be from the next-door kitchen of trendy organic food business Fresh & Wild and has been complaining to Islington Council for five years. A senior employee, who did not want to be identified, has even been keeping an on-and-off "smell diary". He said: "It's a pungent cooking smell. We have had bank managers and high profile artists here and they have all commented on it. It's embarrassing."The people who come here are the people you see on television every week. You can't expect them to come and rehearse here and be assaulted with the stench.


    "In a week, you get the smell maybe three or four times. In the summer, it's absolutely unbearable. It's been 30C and we have had to shut the windows rather than suffer the stench. It's obviously damaging the business and there is also a health and safety issue. All we are asking Islington Council is to investigate and take action."


    Fresh & Wild, whose Brewery Road kitchen supplies six outlets, has pointed out that it is not the only kitchen in the area.


    Spokesman Frank Shank said: "There were some complaints more than 13 months ago and environmental health folks came out. They didn't conclude anything but we voluntarily put new scrubbers on the extractor fans. Since then we haven't been notified of any complaints. The problems could be from another kitchen.


    "But we will take any necessary steps to ensure we are a good neighbour and that means investigation. We are looking into the situation but until now we hadn't been informed there was a problem."


    George Allan, Islington's executive councillor (Liberal Democrat) for customer focus, said: "We have investigated the complaint and visited the premises on several occasions but we have not been able to witness the smell. No other residents or businesses in the area have complained about it. We have advised on what action can be taken to deal with the problem.

    User Feedback

    Recommended Comments

    There are no comments to display.

    This is now closed for further comments

  • Create New...