Anger over delays to sewage plant works

SEWAGE smells continue to outrage Ingoldmells residents and businesses nearly two years after the odorous problem was first raised with the water board.

Ingoldmells Neighbourhood Management Forum invited Anglian Water to meeting on Monday to find out how its plans to combat the unpleasant aromas emitting from the local sewerage plant were developing.

Forum chairman Maurice Darnell said: “It was a very heated meeting because they have come back and offered us nothing. People are getting really upset - after the recent storms we’ve had the smell has been absolutely chronic.”

Anglian Water had previously implemented a chemical dosing procedure to treat the sewage and combat the noxious aromas. Although this had limited success, it failed to cope with the most severe periods of odour contamination and so it was suggested that an automated system which would increase the dosing when required could be the solution.

Residents, business owners and councillors present at the meeting had hoped to hear that the automated system had been approved and would soon be installed. To hear that there had been no progress on the matter infuriated many of them, some of whom already felt that the proposed works were not sufficient to cope with the excessive strains placed on the system.

Coun Jean Ellis, who owns the White Lodge Guesthouse, believes the increase in population is too much for the sewerage plant to cope with.

She said: “The whole system needs replacing, it’s not big enough to take the capacity, however many chemicals they put into it, the smell is not going away. I’ve got customers who come and stay with me and leave after a couple of days - the smell is so pungent it made a lady sick outside my house the other day.”

Coun Colin Davie has also condemned Anglian Water’s inactivity and has agreed to raise the issue with MP for Boston and Skegness Mark Simmonds.

A spokesperson for Anglain Water said: “We are planning to spend over £100,000 to fix this problem and we are currently carrying out the appropriate assessment to make sure that the money is spent in the most effective way and on the right equipment. We are committed to improving the situation.”