Waterfront whiff still baffling experts

MYSTERY smell continues to plague residents of the town's riverside area.The Waterfront whiff is still getting up the noses of people living in Back Hamlet and surrounding streets but the source is yet to be sniffed out.

IPSWICH: A mystery smell continues to plague residents of the town's riverside area.

The Waterfront whiff is still getting up the noses of people living in Back Hamlet and surrounding streets but the source is yet to be sniffed out.

Smelling sleuths at Ipswich Borough Council can't establish the origin of the unpleasant odour, described by people living and working in the area as being like rotten eggs.

But speculation abounds, with suggestions as to the cause ranging from the Sandy Hill Lane sewage plant, to effluent discharged by pleasure boats berthed in the dock.

And the stench appears to be spreading, judging by complaints from people living as far away as the top of Bishop's Hill.

Star reader Edward Kay picked up a smell and described it “somewhere between rotten eggs and gas,” while others claimed the smell had been there for years.

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Another resident added: “I have had the smell in my house for four days now and it is sometimes stronger later on during the day. It gives me a headache. Some kind of action should be taken. No one has ever asked the residents about the smell and we haven't received any information from the health department saying anything about it.”

One former dock worker suspected oil recycling could be to blame and said the smell of gas was so bad it made him feel sick.

Complaints about the smell are still coming into The Evening Star after the issue was raised by Harshad and Pushpa Patel, who run Offords newsagents, in Fore Street.

Anglian Water has so far been unable to match Mr Patel's account of the smell to its Cliff Quay plant but has offered to investigate this further.

Meanwhile the council has written to him and is awaiting an update from the company.

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