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Nasty niff lingers at seaside town

PUBLISHED: 13:39 17 May 2002 | UPDATED: 11:57 03 March 2010

IT'S Felixstowe's very own BO – the nasty niff that just won't go away.

But now experts have come up with a project which they hope will end the pungent pong pervading the resort and give them the sweet smell of success

There have been countless complaints and environmental health officers at Suffolk Coastal council and Anglian Water analysts have been working for the past four years to stop the sewage stink and so far all action has failed.

IT'S Felixstowe's very own BO – the nasty niff that just won't go away.

But now experts have come up with a project which they hope will end the pungent pong pervading the resort and give them the sweet smell of success

There have been countless complaints and environmental health officers at Suffolk Coastal council and Anglian Water analysts have been working for the past four years to stop the sewage stink and so far all action has failed.

But now AW has announced it is to try again with a new scheme to control smells coming from its Felixstowe sewage treatment works.

The works in Walton Avenue were built as part of the £15 million Clearwater scheme to treat the resort's sewage and stop raw sewage being pumped out to sea and washing back onto holiday beaches.

The project was a great success – all except the smell from the sewage works.

"It is excellent news that AW is now ready to make a major investment at its sewage works to resolve the unpleasant smells which have occurred on a regular basis for a number of years," said Chris Slemmings, cabinet member for the environment.

"Our environmental health staff have dealt with many complaints over the years and have helped to identify the specific measures that AW needed to take.

"While it has taken a long time to get to this stage, an odour control system has now been agreed which by the end of July should mean a final and happy resolution of the issue for both residents and AW."

The water company says the new odour control measures should be installed by July 12 and operating at maximum efficiency on July 26.

"This is a significant issue for Anglian Water and it was important that we got the details right," said Colin Thomas, Service Delivery Manager for Anglian Water.

"Staff from Suffolk Coastal's environmental health team have played an important role in helping us tackle this long-running problem.

"We will now be putting in place an odour control system which all the experts believe will be efficient and effective in lessening the smells that occur while we are dealing with sewage at our treatment works."

Previous action has included installing a £100,000 bio-scrubber, which released bacteria into the sewage to destroy the smells, but this failed.

The worst affected areas of town are the seafront West End and the Coronation Estate and part of Cavendish Park, when the wind is in the wrong direction.

Residents have complained that the smell has been so strong that they cannot have their windows open in hot weather, when the problem is at its worst, and the smell gets into clothing and furniture and cannot be shifted.

Holidaymakers – there are two caravan sites just yards from the sewage works – have also complained about the smell and it was feared people would boycott the town because of the stench.


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