EAST RIDING of Yorkshire Council have issued a statement confirming they have issued an abatement order against Yorkshire Water.
The statement from Nigel Leighton, director of environment and neighbourhood services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said:
“Since 14, July 2015 officers from the council’s environmental health team have been investigating complaints from residents about odours coming from Yorkshire Water’s waste water treatment works at Saltend.
“The investigation confirms that a statutory nuisance exists. The council has a legal obligation to serve an abatement notice on Yorkshire Water, which has now been done.”
Bradley Robinson of the Stench at Saltend has hailed the news as “Great!” and “a fantastic achievement.”
“To a certain extent we can put our feet up after a summer of campaigning knowing that legal processes are in place to take up our case. I’ve also been informed that the Review Panel set up by the council want to hear evidence from the campaign group. It’s just sad it’s taken us over 10 years to get here!”
Alex Watts, agreed: “Absolutely delighted! It’s great to know that we don’t have to spend the rest of the summer ringing up, complaining, and encouraging others to do the same.
“The campaign continues, but the dynamic has changed. Our voices have been heard! I’m so proud of the way our community has stood up to be heard, I have never experienced anything like it in my life – that so many people have stood up and been counted.
“We’ve got to discuss the protest on Saturday – but I think it should still go ahead and be a celebration of what we’ve achieved.
“I’ve been part of this local community since 2003 and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else – and I’m certainly not going to be driven out by Yorkshire Water smells. We’ve got to fight to ensure that Hedon and the places we live, keep nice! And we’ve certainly done that on this issue.”
Yorkshire Water have responded in a statement:
“East Riding of Yorkshire Council has served us with a Statutory Nuisance Order in relation to odours coming from our waste water treatment works at Saltend.
“We accept that we have work to do to resolve this problem and have been liaising closely with the council for some time about the operational issues we face.
“Only last month we announced a full review of the site’s treatment processes and future investment needs to establish what needs to be done to ensure we can adequately cope with peak season flows in the future.
“In the meantime we would like to apologise once again to those customers affected by this problem.”
Local Councillor John Dennis will be chairing the Independent Review Panel set up by East Riding Council to investigate the recurring odour incidents and is visiting the Saltend site today as part of those duties. As an independent chairman he can not express a view on the subject matter and due to the ongoing legal nature no one from the council will be available to comment. However, Cllr. Dennis did express his delight that the concerns of local residents will now be thoroughly investigated.
Earlier story (from events yesterday):
RESIDENTS representing the Stench at Saltend protest group met with Yorkshire Water yesterday to visit the Saltend Waste Water Treatment Works and to have their questions, tabled by local residents, answered.
Speaking after the visit Joe Clixby said: “It was satisfying to meet with Yorkshire Water and find out how the site works and that now we have a voice within Yorkshire Water. We accept what they say, when they tell us that ultimately they want the same as us – an end to smells. We’re willing to work with them to that end.”
Bradley Robinson commented: “I think Yorkshire Water realise that we can’t be ignored. Our residents’ campaign has led to their customer complaints rising by 50% – they have to, they must take us seriously!”
Alex Watts however warned: “I don’t care about how the site works. I just want an end to smells which have ruined our lives. This is your ‘last-chance saloon’, Yorkshire Water. Any repeat of what is happening this summer and we won’t be holding back. We’ll be ready in any case to take action in July 2016.”
Joe Clixby added: “And the visit changes nothing. The protest at Yorkshire Water’s gates is still on – we’re urging residents to join our peaceful protest at the Saltend gates from 12:00 noon until 2pm this Saturday 22nd August.”
“Bring your banners, gas masks, flasks and voices!” urged Alex.