Anglian Water are trying to head off an ongoing row with business and civic leaders over foul smells coming from its site in Spalding.
Water bosses have pledged to carry out a full check of its sewage treatment works in West Marsh Road and the rest of its network in order to find the source of the “rotten egg-type smell” affecting the greater Spalding area,
South Holland District Council is writing to Anglian Water on behalf of Spalding Town Forum and Spalding and District Chamber of Commerce calling for action to stop the smell which both groups claim is affecting business and tourism in the area.
But Anglian Water spokesman Emma Staples said: “We understand Spalding Town Forum and the Chamber of Commerce’s concerns about odour problems in the area as we were recently made aware that odours had risen and we are sorry for that.
“However, we took swift action to put things right on our network and we are confident that we have found the source of this problem.
“Our work and commitment to Spalding is continuing as an effort is already underway to investigate our entire network and other potential sources of odours in the area by working alongside partner organisations and businesses.
“This work will help to tackle this over the longer term, with odour loggers and dosing units already in place across the network to help target any work that is needed.”
Complaints about the smell from the sewage treatment plant were made at this month’s Spalding Town Forum meeting where Coun Roger Gambba-Jones, South Holland District Council member for Spalding Wygate, said: “It’s a peculiar phenomenon and it impacts on (Spalding) and areas far and wide in an unexpected way.
“We had discussions with Anglian Water but it clearly has become an issue all over again and whatever they did (before) is no longer working for the people and businesses of Spalding.”