Lincolnshire

Anglian Water to tackle sewage smell in Ingoldmells

Bolton's Lane sewerage works in Ingoldmells near Skegness
Image caption Residents say the smell is putting tourists off from visiting the resort

Anglian Water is spending £800,000 in an effort to stop residents in a Lincolnshire coastal village smelling a nearby sewage treatment works.

The water company has outlined plans to improve facilities at its Bolton's Lane works in Ingoldmells, near Skegness.

Peter Joyce, from the company, apologised to residents but said he was confident the problems would be fixed.

He said the smell was caused because the sewage did not travel fast enough across the flat land.

'No investment'

Maurice Darnell, from the local residents forum, said he had been told by some people that the smell had been an issue for the past 25 years and it was putting tourists off.

"We want holiday makers coming to our village to have a lovely time - they don't need that as a background smell," he said.

Councillor Colin Davie said he was sceptical about whether the work would even solve the problem.

He said there had been a massive rise in housing and tourism over the years, but there had been no investment by Anglian Water.

Mr Davie said the company might have to build a new plant in order to solve the problem.

The plant serves about 63,000 people, a figure which can treble during the holiday season.

During the summer 500 litres of sewage is processed every second.

Anglian Water said the work was due to be completed by Easter.

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