THE persistent problem of pungent sewer smells emanating from an Ingoldmells treatment plant will be escalated to a higher level following a pledge by the leader of Lincolnshire County Council.
Coun Martin Hill announced he would contact senior management at Anglian Water to ensure a long term solution to the noxious aromas that have plagued the village for several decades.
Speaking to the Standard on Monday Coun Hill said: “The residents of Ingoldmells have had numerous conversations with Anglian Water to address the problem and their solution seems to be just putting perfume into the treatment works.
“What I will be doing this week is writing to management at a senior level and saying that this is unacceptable. There are issues relating to the environment and pubic health that need to be resolved and the treatment works must have the capacity to deal with the influx of summer visitors.”
The ongoing issue resurfaced during a recent meeting hosted by Coun Hill and his fellow executive board members in Ingoldmells.
Residents at the Big Conversation Roadshow last week said it was like ‘living next to an open sewer’ and had caused health problems.
Ingoldmells Rural ward holder Coun Colin Davie, who also attended the meeting, added: “I would expect Anglian Water to formally address the problem that’s been going on for over 30 years. Any failure to do so will be an act of complete irresponsibility on their part.”
A spokesperson for Anglian Water said the problem stemmed from the length of time taken for sewage to make its way to the treatment works. They claimed the chemical dosing procedures had produced a ‘marked improvement in odours’ but admitted it was ‘disappointing’ the problem had not been completely removed.
“We remain determined to find a permanent solution to the problem of odours at Ingoldmells and we will continue to work with the residents group and local council to achive it,” the spokesperson said.