THE ongoing problem with lingering sewage smells in Ingoldmells was discussed during a public meeting with Anglian Water on Monday.
Residents and businesses had the chance to talk to the representatives about the problem at the Royal Arthur Centre.
It was hoped that the meeting would help confront and ultimately rectify the problem.
Last September, Anglian Water announced outline improvement plans costing around £800,000 for the facilities at the Bolton’s Lane works.
At the meeting, Anglian Water said they would have the problem sorted by April but Coun Colin Davie didn’t think this would be a ‘long term solution’.
“I don’t believe that the proposal that Anglian Water put forward will be a long term solution – we will have another meeting in April and if there are further problems I will be calling on Anglian Water to make a proper capital investment for a long term solution, and the only way that can happen is with a new treatment plant.”
The existing treatment plant was built a number of years ago, and now serves around 63,000 people, a figure which can dramatically increase during the holiday season.
Costs have grown during the 20 years and there has been no change to the infrastructure or the planning system. Around 500 litres of sewage can be processed every second during the summer time.
And Maurice Darnell, Chairman of Ingoldmells Neighbourhood Management said he would let Anglian ‘try to sort’ the problem out by April and that would be the ‘testing period’.
“I heard that Anglian admitted that if they pumped the sewage faster the treatment plant couldn’t cope with it,” added Maurice.