War of words over Mexborough sewage plant stink

Mark Evans from Yorkshire Water during a public meeting in Mexborough.
Mark Evans from Yorkshire Water during a public meeting in Mexborough.

Angry residents have urged the bosses of a controversial sewage plant to take action to stop odours coming from the site.

People living in Mexborough claim the town “smells like faeces” every summer because of foul odours emanating from Yorkshire Water’s (YW) waste water treatment facility on Denaby Lane.

Water company bosses pledged to look at releasing funding for odour controls after they were faced with a barrage of complaints at a public meeting last Thursday.

An audience of about 30 people packed into Mexborough Resource Centre to tell how the problem has persisted ever since the plant opened several years ago. They urged Yorkshire Water to come up with a permanent solution.

Sean Gibbons, 40, of Park Road, Mexborough, said it was particularly bad during the summer, adding: “The town often smells like faeces because of this place.”

Eileen Cooper added: “I am appalled at the way Mexborough residents have been treated throughout this situation.”

Councillor David Holland said: “You keep saying we need to phone in and complain before you can take proper action. We are telling you, and have been for some years, there is a problem. Will you please sort it out?”

Ed Brush, project manager at YW, said work on a £5.5 million upgrade to improve odour controls at a nearby plant in Swinton, which has also been the subject of complaints, was due for completion in October.

Mark Evans, also a project manager, added odour controls have also been upgraded at the Denaby Lane plant and equipment is subject to weekly inspections.

John Bond, community liaison officer, added the company sympathises with residents but only 10 complains had been registered in the last 12 months. He added the team would go back and look at the possibility of spending more money on odour controls.

He said: “We have a problem register which records complaints. The more complaints that are recorded, the more chance we may have of releasing funding. People need to ring in. We will have a look to see if there may be a possibility of funding for odour controls.”