Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Smelly seaweed removed from Ryde beach

Rotting seaweed which smells like raw sewage is being removed from an Isle of Wight beach.

The seaweed on Ryde beach has been causing complaints from people who say the odour is making them feel queasy.

Mandy Morris, who works in the town, said: "One of the girls in the office was actually retching yesterday, it's that bad."

The 300 tonnes of nutrient-rich seaweed is being taken to a local farm where it will be used as fertilizer.

'Exceptionally bad'

Diggers have been brought in to clear the seaweed.

Resident Jack Smeeton said: "It's unbearable it smells like raw sewage, you can smell it when you come in to Ryde."

The seaweed, which washed up on the beach around three weeks ago, will be trucked to an agricultural farm in West Wight where it will be dug in to the fields.

Matthew Chatfield, from Isle of Wight Council, said: "It is exceptionally bad, so we've had to intervene.

"People are worried because it smells and they think it's going to drive away tourists."

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