THE SMELL from the Yorkshire Water Treatment Works at Saltend seems to be back!
Residents had hoped that the foul odours, originating from the treatment works, were a thing of the past following the investment of £3.5m into a new odour control unit in 2011. But after receiving an e-mail from Councillor John Dennis alerting us to a “persistent pong” after driving by the site over the last 10 days, the Hedon Blog asked on its Facebook Page if other residents had experienced similar smells. Within 30 minutes nineteen people had confirmed that the smell was back, and had been back for a week or two. The following are a sample of the comments received:
Claire Armitage: “…every time I go past there it stinks and it must be bad cos kids put their hands over their mouth and nose”
Emma McLean: “Yes sure stank yesterday and today, when I’ve called in the past they blame the weather!?!”
Glenn Stallard: “Few times last week disgusting!”
Diana Leeuwerke: “Yes we have when we’ve gone by for the last week, but the smell in town is also very bad today mostly near the central library.”
Sarah Booth: “Just passed it, it stinks”
Dunc Suddaby: “Yes its gone very smelly again .. its come back … awful smell”
Dawn Mark Wilkins: “You can always smell it. I go by it twice a day…”
Karen Holtby: “Yes it was bad yesterday about 1.30 when we passed!”
Rebecca Doy: “It was very stinky at 4.30pm on my way home”
In December 2011, when announcing that the new odour control unit was operational, Yorkshire Water’s Community Engagement Manager, Richard Sears said, “After months of hard work, we’re pleased to say we’re now in a position where we have this huge state-of-the-art unit up and running, just as we had scheduled.
”We know that for some years the local community has put up with intermittent odours from the site and this is clearly unacceptable. And whilst there is always likely to be some odour owing to the operational nature of the site, we’re confident that with this unit, which is the biggest in the region, will help to significantly reduce odours, ensuring they remain within guideline levels.”
The Hedon Blog made the comment at the time: “We hope that the current measures are enough to make problem odours a thing of the past and prevent the situation that happened in summer 2011 from ever happening again. The comments made on our Wall of Shame should serve as a reminder to the water company of the anger that would be unleashed if they get this wrong!”
To report the smells from Yorkshire Water (contact both):
1. The Yorkshire Water Customer Helpline is 0845 1 24 24 24. Their postal address for complaints is:
PO Box 52
Website: Hull and Saltend News
An Email Contact Form Email us is on the left-hand sidebar of the Hull and Saltend News website.
2. East Riding Council has a specific web-page about reporting smells: Environmental Control Section – Air Pollution
East Riding of Yorkshire Council
Tel: 01482 396301