“We owe it to our residents to find a permanent solution,” said East Riding Councillor Mike Bryan, after hearing the news that a Review Panel is being set up by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council to solve the 15-year-old problem of odour control at the Yorkshire Water Waste Water Treatment Plant on Hedon Road.
Cllr. Bryan had raised the matter of the smells from the Yorkshire Water site at the full council meeting last week and asked its Leader, Cllr. Stephen Parnaby, to confirm that the East Riding authority was doing everything possible to solve the problem. Cllr Parnaby’s response firmly supported local residents who, he said had put up with this situation for much too long and he recommended an urgent Review Panel be set up to look into the long-standing problems at the plant and scrutinise Yorkshire Water’s plans to resolve the issues.
Cllr. Bryan said “I was extremely pleased with the action proposed by Cllr. Parnaby and the fact that he shares our frustration over disappointing performance of Yorkshire Water.
“A Review Panel made up of East Riding of Yorkshire Councillors will be able to look in-depth at this issue which has blighted the lives of residents and local businesses for so many years and come up with recommendations.
“We owe it to our residents to ensure Yorkshire Water find a permanent solution.”
Meanwhile, local residents building on the protest at the gates of the Saltend site last week have continued their high-profile campaign on social media gathering together over 2,000 members of a Facebook Group ‘Stench at Saltend’ and circulating a campaign poster widely.
They have also lobbied Yorkshire Water via the water company’s own social media public relations services on Facebook and Twitter.
A committee with representatives from Hedon and Hull has met for the first time to discuss the next steps in the campaign.
A petition calling on the East Riding Council “to issue an abatement order on Yorkshire Water as a statutory nuisance and requiring the abatement or cessation of the nuisance, and to prohibit its recurrence”, has collected 2,250 signatures.
Hedon resident Bradley Robinson, started the petition, upon which he states:
“For many years the general public have endured horrendous odours leaking from the Yorkshire water treatment plant located on Hedon road in Hull.
“Cases of the odours have been reported from as far away as six miles from the plant. This petition is intended to prompt East Riding of Yorkshire Council to immediately issue an abatement order on Yorkshire water as per the 1990 Environmental protection act which allows any person aggrieved by the existence of a statutory nuisance to seek an order from magistrates requiring the abatement or cessation of the nuisance, and to prohibit its recurrence.”
Mr Robinson had urged residents to sign the petition, particularly “if you, or your family living in the area have been affected by the odours leaking from the treatment plant.”
(Campaign status: ONGOING)