A report to be presented to the East Riding Council today claims that there is not enough evidence that foul odours from Yorkshire Water’s waste water treatment plant are causing a public nuisance.
This Blog reported on a three week study that was carried out by council environmental officers in June 2009.
During the three weeks 62 separate visits were made to Hedon, Preston and the works area. 254 separate assessments of odours were made. 44 calls were received from members of the public. A total of 126 hours of officer time were spent on the exercise on visits alone.
The final report says that improvements undertaken by Yorkshire Water have reduced foul smells with only intermittent occurances taking place.
The report concludes that although the Council has insufficient evidence to pursue legal action at the present time, it will continue to gather the opinions of residents and will respond to complaints.
An independent odour consultant will be employed by the Council to determine what further actions should be taken by Yorkshire Water.
Let’s hope that the Council’s “expert nose” can smell the pongs that other Council noses cannot sniff!?