Ingoldmells residents urged to log sewage smell complaints with district council

Anglian Water's sewage treatment plant in Ingoldmells.
Anglian Water's sewage treatment plant in Ingoldmells.

Ingoldmells residents have been urged to log complaints about the noxious aromas emanating from the village’s sewage treatment plant so the matter can be formally investigated.

East Lindsey District Council, as the responsible authority for odour control, is keen to investigate the issue and requires evidence of complaints to do so.

Environmental team leader Anneliese Johnson said: “We know that local people have been keeping their diaries for some time in relation to this issue and sending them to Anglian Water.

“However, it’s the district council that needs this information first hand so a formal investigation can take place, allowing actions to be agreed to resolve the issue if a problem is found.

“We’re keen to hear from anyone who thinks the odour is having a detrimental affect on the local area and their quality of life.”

The request follows decades of discontent with the sewage smells, which have been described as ‘unbearable,’ ‘horrendous’ and ‘like an open sewer in Hong Kong.’

Last month Anglian Water announced its ‘commitment to the highest level’ to address the problem by enhancing chemical dosing procedures and installing a new sealing system,

Lincolnshire County Council’s environmental scrutiny committee, which had been seeking grounds for taking enforcement action on the company, welcomed the announcement, but warned any failure to resolve the issue would be dealt with firmly.

Committee chairman Coun Colin Davie, speaking at last month’s meeting, said: “If it doesn’t get resolved there needs to be not just the threat of legal action but the process itself.”

LCC waste manager Ray Wright warned the committee that enforcement action would be difficult to pursue without evidence of public complaints submitted to ELDC and so members resolved to pursue that course of action.

However, Ingoldmells Parish Council chairman Coun John Arnott-Watson and Ingoldmells Community Group chairman Mauruce Darnell both feared that residents had grown disillusioned with submitting reports.

Having repeatedly sent information to Anglian Water, with little noticeable results, they questioned whether the residents would engage in future requests.

To register your complaints to ELDC call 01507 601111 or email Registered complainants will then be asked to keep a diary of when the smell occurs.