A FOUL smell has made an unwelcome return to Weaponness Valley Road, according to long-suffering residents there.
In October, residents contacted the Evening News after a “putrid” smell in the area, a smell believed to be related to an “oily-looking sludge” that festered in a nearby beck.
Despite attempts from the environmental service to banish the obnoxious odour, residents claim the smell never really went away the first time.
However, since the start of the week, the smell has intensified, to the point where complaints have been logged with Scarborough Council.
Resident Valerie Sanderson was out walking her dog, Jensen, on Monday when she encountered the “horrific” pong.
“On the way back there was a little stream. Jensen walked in this water and came out stinking.”
She said she believed the water to be contaminated, adding: “I don’t know if it’s diesel or petrol, but whatever it is, it’s terrible.”
Diane Hooper, who has lived in the area all of her life, said: “I don’t know if it’s the same smell as last time, but I don’t think it has really gone away.”
Diane, who describes the smell as “tar-like”, also voiced concerns that the site is in close proximity to the location of the proposed multi-million pound sports village.
Cllr Nick Brown has seen a picture of the site taken on Tuesday, which showed a “milky white” substance in the water.
He said: “The people there have had to put up with it for a long time.
“We were assured by the environmental services that it had been cleared up.”
Andy Skelton, Scarborough Council’s head of environmental services, said: “We have received several enquiries over the last 24 hours from concerned members of the public who have noticed a recurrence of the smell of hydrocarbons that were detected in the stream last year.
“Environmental Health officers have visited the site and the problems were not found to be as severe as on the previous occasion; a slight smell was noted. Our officers have alerted the Environment Agency and we will work with them to establish if a further problem has arisen. In the meantime, environmental health officers will take water samples, which will be analysed, as these might prove helpful in identifying the materials which are giving rise to the current complaints.”