Does odour problem really stink after all?
DESPITE an offer to help fight the campaign against recurring smells in the village, not one Ingoldmells residents has requested an odour diary from the district council.
Following a number of recent calls from people living in the Ingoldmells area regarding an unpleasant odour in the air, East Lindsey District Council urged local people to log their complaints so the matter could be formally investigated.
However, local residents have been slow to take the authority up on its advice.
Spokesman for ELDC, James Gilbert, said: “Nobody has requested a diary.
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“We need information from the community if we are going to help resolve the problem.”
After years of campaigning and appeals from local residents and businesses ELDC, the authority responsible for odour control, is keen to investigate the issue and help the community to find a way forward.
But County Councillor for Ingoldmells Rural, Colin Davie said: “People are reluctant to fill these diaries in as nothing happens as they have been campaigning against the problems for years.”
At a recent meeting between Anglian Water and Ingoldmells Parish Council, chairman of the neighbourhood management forum Maurice Darnell was left with a promise that things could improve in the next few months.
Maurice said: “The meeting was well attended by representatives of Anglian Water and we were told about the money being spent to help stop the odours which will hopefully be done by Easter.”
Councillor Davie said that Anglian Water gave strong assurances that they will come up with a solution, however, if the smells are still evident at Easter he believes they will have failed in their duties and formal action will have to be taken against them.
Spokesman for Anglian Water, Anthony Innes said: “We are committed to permanently resolving the odour issues which affect people in Ingoldmells.
“In December we set up a liaison group for community representatives to make sure they were kept involved and informed and the second meeting of this group gave an update on improvements carried out to the sewage treatment works and the network of pipes which serves it.
“We have spent £800,000 so far and are currently installing odour control sprays at the works as well as dosing the sewage with chemicals to prevent it from turning septic.
“Odour levels are being monitored and we are working with the community and local authorities to identify any problem areas. These will be the target for further significant investment later in the year.”