THE streets in Renfrewshire that have received the highest number of nuisance smell complaints since 2019 have been revealed.

A total of six complaints have been made about the smell of cat urine in Craigielea Road, Renfrew, over a period of 31 months.

Stewart Avenue, in Renfrew, was subject to the same number of complaints, the majority of which related to concerns regarding a wood burning stove.

There have been five nuisance smell complaints made in Moss Road, Bridge of Weir, regarding bonfire and chimney smoke.

Elsewhere, Lilybank Wynd, in Johnstone, and Brabloch Crescent, in Paisley, had four complaints each also relating to smells caused by either smoke or burning.

There have also been three complaints made each for Beechwood Avenue and Main Road, both in Langbank, relating to log burners and bonfires respectively, as well as three complaints in Silk Street, Paisley, where there were reports of unpleasant cooking odours.

The data was released following a Freedom of Information request made earlier this year.

In total, there were 508 nuisance smell complaints made in Renfrewshire between January 2019 and May 2022, with the most common gripe being smells caused by burning and bonfires.

More unusual complaints recorded included whiffs caused by “pigeons being kept in a flat” and “neighbour above putting cat litter down cavity wall.”

A bad odour is deemed to be a “statutory nuisance” if it interferes with the use or enjoyment of a home or other premise, or if it injures health.

A Renfrewshire Council spokesperson said: “Our Environmental Improvements Team investigate all reports of nuisance smells and aim to work with the persons responsible to resolve the issue informally as quickly as possible.

“However, where this isn’t successful, and a statutory nuisance exists, we have a duty to serve an abatement notice on the person(s) responsible.”

Residents can report a nuisance smell to Renfrewshire Council officials by calling 0300 300 0380 or sending an email to