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Stranger than fiction

  They say that life is stranger than fiction. A couple of observations just lately have left me with tears of laughter strolling down my cheeks. I have outlined the full list of planning applications for the vile Trinity street … Continue reading

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Ode to The Oldbury Smell

    “The Oldbury smell”– a cat pong bomb, The Langley liquor with an odour of Tom, It withered the bush of Councillor Gunn, Kept people awake, released by the tonne It drifted in plumes, turned chocolate white Then disappeared … Continue reading

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HS/040- Oldbury Hazardous substance updates

  Some time back- 26th July 2018, The Belgian Solvay , (former French company Rhodia, former American owned, former British company Albright and Wilson),¬† put in a rather clandestine Hazardous substance consent to Sandwell council. Sandwell themselves were rather secretive¬† … Continue reading

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The Perils of the Vono lagoon

I have outlined the history of this former neighbouring lagoon to Rattlechain HERE. Formed as a figure of eight shape pool by the merger of the former Samuel Barnett Stour valley brickwork pit and The Groveland colliery pit, it subsequently … Continue reading

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The Rattlechain Lagoon fatality

It is certainly known that Rattlechain lagoon contains chemicals (white phosphorus) that have systemically poisoned wildfowl. There have also been anecdotal claims of at least one dog entering the water and dying when Albright and Wilson were still depositing waste … Continue reading

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What lies over the Old Rattlechain brickworks?

I’ve detailed several images as well as recollections and stories concerning the former Rattlechain Brickworks already- that canalside enterprise which left us with a disused pit that unfortunately became filled with a chemical manufacturers toxic poison waste. A tool from … Continue reading

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Still rattling chains

Six years ago, I set up this website in order to tell the true story of how a major local scandal of industrial pollution involving a banned rat poison and chemical weapon (white phosphorus) had been buried under water and … Continue reading

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An alternative 2019 calendar

  A few days late, but here it is folks…… The alternative to Solvay’s calendar which they annually distribute around the fall out zone of their COMAH Top tier hazardous site. I might even distribute a few in the area, … Continue reading

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A phosphorus new year

2019 marks another milestone in the unfolding story of how an industrial polluter in an urban setting interfaced with the community in which it unfortunately rests. It is twenty years since I first noticed a dead swan on the rattlechain … Continue reading

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A little Phosphorus Karma

Sometimes Karma just happens, well at least in part. Two old news articles reveal that two of the founding families’ members, whose empire can be said through war to have killed thousands with their chemical weapons produced for the British … Continue reading

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