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Talks to tackle stink at Northamptonshire sewage works

People living near a sewage works in Northamptonshire said they are hoping talks with Anglian Water would help to sort out smell problems.

The smell has been a persistent problem in the Great Billing area, but residents in Ecton village said it got worse in 2011.

Vicky Ward from Ecton said: "The stench that rolled in last summer from the sewage site was absolutely awful."

A liaison group has been set up to address the issues involved.

The group includes residents, parish councillors, borough councillors, the Environmental Agency and Anglian Water.

Anglian Water said it will outline what work it has already undertaken and what else it is planning to "further alleviate odours".

MP Chris Heaton-Harris said he has received "an avalanche" of emails and letters from his constituents regarding the issue.

He said: "I managed to get Peter Simpson, the managing director of Anglian Water, round the table and he's agreed a list of measures that should hopefully address the problem."

The liaison group will meet on 11 January to discuss further concerns and set out a plan.

Wellingborough councillor Jim Bass said: "Hopefully by the end of 2012, we will have an effective control of all the odour which will mean it will not escape from the site."

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