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£25 million can't sort out Hythe stink
4:23pm Thursday 26th September 2013 in News
A PONG has made an unwelcome return in the Hythe - despite millions of pounds being spent to eradicate it.
Residents have been plagued by the smell, which is thought to be coming from the River Colne, in recent years.
But they have been left baffled by the stink after £25million work was carried out earlier this year to fix the problem.
Jane Collett, 51, of Caelum Drive, said she moved to the area last summer not knowing about the problem.
She said: “It’s just absolutely nauseating.
“It gets into the flat and I don’t know what to do about it.
“It’s just horrible, you can’t get away from it.”
Anglian Water carried out extensive work to the site in December.
They hoped to mask the sewerage smell by replacing and refurbishing a lot of the equipment at the site.
The company insisted this week the work was doing its job and complaints had dropped.
But Ms Collet said the expensive operation has not stopped the smell, which has continued throughout the year.
Stephen Adams, landlord of the Quayside Bar and Restaurant, on Haven Road, said it was impossible to say who was to blame for the continuing stink.
He said: “We get it for the same two months every year and then it goes."
Antony Innes, from Anglian Water, said the £25 million work had been successful.
He said: “We’re sorry if residents in the Hythe area noticed odours coming from our Water Recycling Centre over the past few days.
“A power cut affected the works and caused some flooding of our site.
“Engineers were on site within 15 minutes to start the back up generators, minimise the flooding and begin cleaning up. This has now been cleared.
“We work very hard to minimise any odour coming from our centres and take any complaints we receive from customers or the council seriously.”
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