Anger as old smells return

A SCARBOROUGH businessman has accused Yorkshire Water of “fobbing him off” in his long-running campaign to tackle unpleasant North Bay smells.

Don Robinson, of Scalby Mills Road, has said the problem of odours emanating from the Scalby Mills pumping station is now so bad that Scarborough’s North Bay should be stripped of its Blue Flag status.

Yorkshire Water promised action over the problem, saying in October that specialists had been called in and work would start imminently.

However, eight months on, Mr Robinson says the problem is worse than ever and has finally lost patience with the company.

“It has been horrific,” he said. “For two nights this week we’ve been up overnight. I’ve been on the phone to the council but Yorkshire Water just mess them about as well.

“My wife has been up all night and it is making her ill.”

He added: “I am sorry to have been critical of Yorkshire Water, but they have put my family and other residents in our area at risk.

“Hopefully the amount of money that they are spending will clear any future smells in the area and therefore will take the North Bay out of a health hazard.”

Yorkshire Water have pledged to invest millions of pounds to make the Yorkshire Coast bathing waters among the cleanest in Europe in coming years.

In November, Yorkshire Water water treatment manager Andy Taylor and customer care manager Michael Denny met Mr Robinson and Billy McSweeney, who represented residents in the area, to discuss the issue of the odours.

Of the multi-million pound investment, £7.6 million was earmarked for improvements to Scarborough’s pumping station and sewage treatment works.

Yorkshire Water’s capital partners Byzac-Entec and odour control specialists Greenacre were commissioned in October to carry out external work on the pumping station, before internal work began.

At the time, Yorkshire Water acknowledged that their pumping station was causing the smells and said that it could take up to a year for the contractors to complete the work.

They have said that the work is scheduled to be completed, on schedule, by October this year and that then residents should experience no more problems with the smells.

A spokesperson said yesterday: “We appreciate that any odour issues are not pleasant which is why we are part way through a £7.6 million investment programme at our Scalby Mills pumping station.

“The work, which is scheduled to be completed later this year, involves improving and upgrading the sites’ odour control unit to further reduce any operational odours.

“Since October last year we have been working on the pumping station and carrying out investigative work to ensure that the solution we implemented would reduce odours and we continue to liaise with the local community on our progress.”

Mr Robinson added: “It has taken quite a long time for an official acknowledgment to be made about the smells in the North Bay and I feel that Yorkshire Water should have acted more responsibly, but I sincerely hope that by October it will be the end of the matter.”