IN A PRESS RELEASE issued today (12th July 2010), the East Riding of Yorkshire Council have pledged to continue to respond to residents’ concerns about odours from Yorkshire Water’s waste treatment facility at Saltend.
Environmental health officers from East Riding Council have had an ongoing dialogue with Yorkshire Water – the body responsible for the site and any odours which come from it. They say that various improvements on site have been put in place including a ‘medium term odour mitigation plan’.
The Council has claimed that the intensive monitoring programme carried out by the council’s environmental health officers has showed that the work done so far appears to have made an improvement, although further longer term improvements would still be beneficial.
The Council has been has been further advised that Yorkshire Water has secured funding approval from water regulator Ofwat for longer term investment to further improve the control of odours from the facility.
On Tuesday, July 20, the council’s cabinet will consider a report which recommends the council write to Yorkshire Water to ensure that the further improvements are put in place.
Councillor Jane Evison, portfolio holder for cultural services, housing and public protection, said:
Although improvements have been made to the waste water treatment plant we will continue to engage with Yorkshire Water to ensure they undertake the longer term improvements as soon as possible.”
The report also confirms that the council will continue to monitor complaints as well as Yorkshire Water’s progress with improvements.
Mr Tom Phillips, Yorkshire Water’s Central Case Manager, said recently:
While it’s difficult for us to keep the odours within the boundary fence, we’re working very hard to reduce the impact that the odours have upon local residents in the area. This has involved substantial investment in an odour control unit (OCU) which our records (and those of the local Environmental Health department) show has improved the situation.“
The Hull and Saltend news on Yorkshire Water’s website has not been updated since March this year. However, if you do detect any further odours from site, then Mr Phillips has said that he can be called directly on Bradford number 01274 804015. That way, Yorkshire Water can investigate any odours immediately.
The official number to call is customer services helpline on 0845 1 24 24 24, but one local resident has claimed that finding the correct number to call, and then getting through to someone via this number has often been difficult.
The Hedon Blog will pass on local residents’ complaints about odours from the waste water facility – just post the details (time and location) as a comment below any article.