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Lincolnshire villagers plagued by sewage smells urged not to lose hope

By East Lindsey Target  |  Posted: January 29, 2013

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INGOLDMELLS residents are being urged not to lose hope and to continue to document problem odours in the village.

The village has been plagued by sewage smells for many years despite efforts by Anglian Water to resolve the issue.

At the latest meeting held by Lincolnshire County Council's Environmental Scrutiny Committee members heard from LCC development manager Neil McBride and Anglian Water representative Stephen Langlois.

As suggested at a previous committee meeting Mr McBride visited the area for a site inspection.

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He said: "This inspection was carried out in January 2013 when it was evident that the odour suppression scheme now in place has been changed to that originally approved.

"However, it is considered that the scheme in place represents an improvement over the scheme originally approved and it is clear that Anglian Water has completed extensive works within the sewage treatment works to address the odour issue."

Chairman councillor Colin Davie commented that although the works may be an improvement they are not necessarily satisfactory for the residents of the village.

The site inspection revealed three new measures to try to help the problem, however, Mr McBride has proposed further measures to address the odour issues.

The proposed measures will require changes to the currently approved Odour Management Plan for the site and it has been agreed with Anglian Water that an amended scheme should be submitted to the Waste Planning Authority by March 1, 2013.

In a statement provided to the committee, Beacon Medical Practice, which has sites in Ingoldmells, Skegness and Chapel St Leonards, describes how the holiday season increases the odour to such a point that it is unpleasant to drive through the village.

They said: "So far as the practice at Ingoldmells is concerned when the windows and doors are open the smell is evident and patients often comment on it but unfortunately there is little we can do."

In a statement, Peter Joyce catchment manager at Anglian Water, said: "We are investing £200,000 to install a permanent odour extraction unit at the treatment works and we are also trialling the use of a stabilising agent to neutralise bad odours from out treatment works."

He added to say that work has already begun on a new tank that will reduce septicity and bad smells.

Closing the debate, Councillor Davie said that the committee needs to urge residents to keep on recording the issues so they know where and when the problems are occurring.

He also proposed that an online and phone system be installed for residents to documents their concerns more conveniently.

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