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Problem pong down to tankers

PUBLISHED: 04:12 10 October 2001 | UPDATED: 15:18 03 March 2010

EXPERTS have sniffed out the cause of the latest obnoxious smell festering in Felixstowe - and now the Health and Safety Executive is investigating.

The gaseous whiff had caused one school to be evacuated amid fears of a gas leak, prompted worried calls to gas companies, and even left one woman complaining that the pong gave her headaches.

EXPERTS have sniffed out the cause of the latest obnoxious smell festering in Felixstowe – and now the Health and Safety Executive is investigating.

The gaseous whiff had caused one school to be evacuated amid fears of a gas leak, prompted worried calls to gas companies, and even left one woman complaining that the pong gave her headaches.

Two council officers were assigned to get to the bottom of it – and now think they have found where it was coming from.

A Suffolk Coastal council spokesman said: "I can confirm that a company that cleans out road tankers at Felixstowe Port appears to have been the cause following a failure in their treatment process.

"The council hopes to receive from the company a statement of how this type of breakdown will be avoided in the future, and the Health and Safety Executive is now investigating the incident as it is the enforcement body in this case."

The council spokesman added: "The council is not aware of any immediate problems to the health of people in the Felixstowe area as a result of this incident."

The HSE will now decide whether to take action against the company – which has not been named – or whether to give advice on procedures.

On one occasion, the odour prompted Fairfield Infants School to evacuate its pupils for most of the afternoon while gas officials checked the buildings.

Doreen Bartlett, head teacher of the school in High Road West, said it had been decided not to take a risk because the smell was so pungent. No reason had been found for the smell.

Several residents reported smelling the nasty niff in the town centre though it seemed predominant on the seafront.

It was quite clearly not the West End whiff, which has plagued the resort in hot weather for the past four years.

The West End whiff should be cured this autumn when a new odour-control system is built by Anglian Water plc as part of a sludge belt thickening plant at the sewage treatment works off Walton Avenue.

WEBLINK: www.suffolkcoastal.gov.uk

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