Experts are called in to investigate smell in North Swindon
AN unpleasant pong that plagued families in North Swindon and left experts baffled has returned.
The Environment Agency has been called in to investigate.
Families had to put up with the smell in March last year and believed the problem had been solved.
But the pong came back with a vengance on Tuesday night prompting complaints to councillors and the Environment Agency.
Residents have complained the smell, which they say smells like sewage or sulphur, is coming into their houses, with some saying the odour was coming up through toilets and drains.
The original source of the smell was a landfill site at Chapel Farm site near Blunsdon which was controlled by Hills Waste solution.
After several months of investigation the Environment Agency took action to deal with the issue.
Coun Emma Faramarzi (Con, Priory Vale) was active in finding a solution last time and is on the case once again.
She said: “The last time new vents were installed and the area was covered in clay.
“That seemed to sort the problem. There was occasional issues but nothing too serious.
“While we are not sure exactly of the cause it is possible the odour is now coming from a different part of the landfill.”
She will be meeting with Hills Waste Solutions next week to try and find a long term solution.
Before that meeting she is calling on residents to write to her with complaints so she can present them to the company to have a greater impact.
“The more people who contact me the more of an impact it will have,” said Coun Faramarzi.
“Often writing a complaint up on Facebook will not be enough.
“If we have a written letter which is from someone in the area complaining about the smell it will have much more of an effect.
A spokesman for the Environment Agency said it is investigating a number of complaints overnight about the smell.
He added: “At this point in time we cannot confirm the source and we do not want to apportion blame without looking into the matter further.
“We encourage anyone who wishes to complain about the odour to call us on 0800 807060.”
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