Anglian Water is under renewed pressure to solve the “stench of sewage” problem at its plant in Spalding after complaints from a neighbouring business.
Food supplier Greencell has warned the water company that the issue of “rotten egg-type smells” that both people in Spalding have to put up with could harm the town’s reputation as a tourist attraction.
The warning came just before Anglian Water’s announcement yesterday that it plans to invest £5 billion across eastern England, including money on a flood protection scheme in Spalding, over the next five years.
But the smell from Anglian Water’s sewage treatment works in West Marsh Lane is a priority for Greencell’s managing director Graham Young who said: “It is not appropriate for Spalding to welcome visitors to the town in such a manner.”
In a report to Lincolnshire County Council’s environmental scrutiny committee at the end of January, Anglian Water admitted that it had received “odour complaints from Greencell.
But the firm’s tactical support manager for Lincolnshire, Paul Dimbleby, claimed “the odour from the site has been much improved”.
However, the claim was disputed in a letter to the Guardian this week by Mike Harrison who said: “One of the defining issues when visiting Spalding is the stench of sewage from the Anglian Water treatment works.
“As the traffic flow is slowed, due to the roundabout leading to West Marsh Road, visitors have more time to share the smell.”
South Holland District Council has been asked to write to Anglian Water on behalf of both Spalding Town Forum and Spalding and District Chamber Commerce, calling for action to address the problem.
An Anglian Water spokesman said: “There is no quick fix for this matter but we would like to assure people that we are aware of the problem and we are acting to make improvements.”