End of Felixstowe whiff?

ANGLIAN Water chiefs are today hoping the latest improvements at Felixstowe's sewage works will stop the unsavoury smells lingering over the resort.

ANGLIAN Water chiefs are today hoping the latest improvements at Felixstowe's sewage works will stop the unsavoury smells lingering over the resort.

Contractors have spent the past two months renewing the odour control units at the site in Walton Avenue - and hope this will remove the nasty niff.

Town councillors and residents have voiced repeated concern over the smell, which has been a problem for nearly a decade.

Earlier this year the council wrote and told Anglian Water the stench must be gone by the summer season.

Nick Daubney , of the company's customer services department, said: “We've recently changed the media in two or three sections of our on-site odour control unit.

“This was because its absorbent properties began to decline.

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“We've also carried our odour reducing trials in February this year to reduce the load onto the control unit and improve its performance.”

Residents were keeping a log of the odour problems and passing the information to Suffolk Coastal's environmental health officers.

He said: “They are then passing this information onto us and we'll use the information to check the effectiveness of the work carried out.”

Town councillors labelled the smell pervading the south of the town as “absolutely horrendous” and “sickening” and feared it would deter visitors.

Councillor Malcolm Minns said: “Three times in the past six years we have been told they have found the solution. We don't want more guarantees we want a real answer.”

Residents have said in summer they cannot have doors and windows open and if the smell gets in it seeps into clothes and furniture.

To complain about the smell ring 01394 444624 or e-mail environmentalprotection@suffolkcoastal.gov.uk

Is the smell still as bad? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail EveningStarLetters@eveningstar.co.uk

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