Pea Season 2012 has begun… on alert for odours!

THE PEA HARVEST season has started. The process of washing, blanching and freezing thousands of tonnes of peas at the processing plant in Hull has begun.

Over the summer vast quantities of pea-residue is discharged into the sewerage system and eventually arrives down at Yorkshire Water’s waste water treatment works at Saltend. Over the 12 years the plant has been in operation, it has failed to satisfactorily deal with this stuff, resulting in obnoxious smells being released into the air. The stench was particularly bad last summer when the number of complaints to Yorkshire Water and East Riding of Yorkshire Council was at its highest ever level.

The big question this summer: Will Yorkshire Water’s investment of £3.5m into an odour control unit (pictured), and the other operational measures put in place, be enough to prevent foul odours interfering with the lives of local residents?

Councillor John Dennis, one of our local East Riding Councillors, advises residents to report any unpleasant smells:

“The pea season seems to have started rather later than usual due presumably to the weird weather conditions we’ve had in recent months. I understand that ERYC Officers are now on site at Saltend and a schedule of visits to the Hedon area has been put in place to meet the Council’s undertakings to increase its presence in advance of complaints.

I’d like to remind people to report any smells, from their homes or places of work, as soon as they experience them. Yorkshire Water should be contacted on 0845 1 24 24 24 and the ERYC telephone number is 01482 396 301 and take note of the date and time and the wind direction if possible

Residents of South West Holderness have had much to put up with over recent years and it’s about time the problem was solved once and for all. Hopefully, following persistent pressure from the Local Communities’ Forum and ERYC Ward Members the newly installed and commissioned £3.5million Odour Control Unit will perform as well as YW claim, but we should all be alert to any exceptional odours.

Together with the other Ward Members, I will continue to monitor the situation on behalf of residents. We are all entitled to enjoy what little summer weather we get out in our gardens, without it being spoiled by these appalling smells.

Can I remind your readers also that the committee handling the £50,000 YW Saltend Compensation Fund is presently inviting grant applications from local organisations. Contact email: daffyd.williams@yorkshirewater.co.uk and Mr Williams will be able to provide information as to which schemes will qualify for funding, and how to proceed. If required I can let readers have a copy of the application form. I hope many groups will participate and benefit from the Fund.”

All the indications point to a low probability of any smells… but just in case, the Hedon Blog has listed useful numbers to report any foul odours on its Reporting smells web page. To contact Councillor John Dennis, Councillor Mike Bryan or Councillor Ann Sugitt then visit the Contact Ward Councillors page on HU12 Online.

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