GRAHAM STUART, the MP for Beverley and Holderness, will demand Yorkshire Water puts an end to the recurring stench from the Saltend Waste Water Treatment Works plant when he appears before an official council inquiry on Tuesday (10th September 2015).
The inquiry has been called by East Riding of Yorkshire Council following the latest incidents of foul smells from the plant, which processes sewage from Hull.
The Council served an abatement order on Yorkshire Water in August after the company’s failure to stop people’s lives from being blighted again this summer, and following an active resident-led campaign to encourage people to report and gather evidence about the impacts of the foul odours on their lives.
The MP says he has campaigned consistently on the issue since he was elected MP in 2005. But despite progress being made in 2011, when a new £3 million odour control unit was installed at the Saltend plant, the problem keeps rearing its head.
Mr Stuart has met senior Yorkshire Water officials on numerous occasions, raised the issue with ministers in Parliament and urged East Riding Council repeatedly to do whatever is necessary to incentivise the company to solve the problem, which worsens during the summer at the very time local people want to be outdoors. The MP first called for the East Riding Council to consider financial penalties on Yorkshire Water in 2013 – a call he has repeated during the most recent outbreak.
Speaking ahead of the evidence session at County Hall, Mr Stuart said:
“It’s great that East Riding Council is holding this inquiry into how we can bring an end to the unacceptable stink from the Saltend treatment works. This summer’s outbreak was a nightmare for nearby residents and it’s high time decisive action was taken to deliver improvement – I think everyone has heard enough excuses from Yorkshire Water.
“Local people have shown their deep frustration through the petition that’s been gathered to call for an end to the stink. I pay tribute to their campaign and to the hard work of local councillors, in particular Mike Bryan who has been tireless in fighting for action in the Council chamber. When I appear before the inquiry I’m going to re-emphasise the need to put a stop to this situation once and for all.”
The East Riding Council inquiry panel consists of six ward councillors (Councillors John Dennis (chair), John Barrett, Geraldine Mathieson, Chris Matthews, Keith Moore and Nigel Wilkinson) and has been convened to look into the ongoing and historical complaints regarding the foul odours omitting from Yorkshire Water’s Hull Waste Water Treatment Works at Saltend, particularly during the Peak Load Season (pea season).