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Whiff of hope in battle against smell

PUBLISHED: 12:45 18 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:31 03 March 2010

FELIXSTOWE'S infamous West End whiff is not to be sniffed at - but it could be a thing of the past soon if plans for an odour-eating system are approved.

FELIXSTOWE'S infamous West End whiff is not to be sniffed at – but it could be a thing of the past soon if plans for an odour-eating system are approved.

County councillors will discuss on Thursday a scheme which could rid the seafront area of the all-pervading pong – the resort's very own BO – once and for all.

Anglian Water plc has submitted plans for a sludge belt thickening plant and odour control unit at the sewage treatment works off Walton Avenue.

It says the system will "extract the odour at source" before it can get into the atmosphere, and also mean that there will be 40 per cent less – 22 instead of 36 – lorries visiting the site each week.

Council officers are recommending that the project is given permission by the county development control sub-committee. No objections have been received.

Officers though want landscaping, including some new trees, planted to screen the site from public views.

Residents of the southern area of the town have had to put up with the sewage stench for the past four years since the works were built as part of the £14 million Clearwater scheme to stop raw sewage being pumped into the sea.

One attempt to get rid of the smell, which seeps into homes, clothes and furniture and is impossible to shift, has already failed.

Around £100,000 was spent on a hi-tech deodorant called a bio-scrubber, an

environmentally-friendly machine which uses bugs to absorb sulphur molecules which make the pungent pong, but it still did not end the problems.

Expert consultants though believe the new equipment, a hood placed over the thickened sludge to "extract odour at source" using a chemical smell control system, will work.

Residents in the West End area have suffered most from the sewage smell. It is worse in hot weather when the town is full of visitors and householders in Levington, Nacton and Orford Roads claim that on bad days they cannot even escape the smell by closing all their windows.

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