Southampton City Council to decide on new treatment works for Woolston

Daily Echo: End could be in sight of pungent pong plaguing city End could be in sight of pungent pong plaguing city

IT COULD be the beginning of the end for Southampton’s most notorious pong.

City councillors could next week give the green light to a new sewage works in Woolston that would spell the end of four decades’ worth of overwhelming odours.

Plans for the £60 million works were handed in by Southern Water last autumn, after decades of complaints from long-suffering residents living near to the site.

The current works in Victoria Road date back to 1966, and have led to pungent whiffs plaguing nearby residents and business-owners.

They have long campaigned for new works to rid the area of the whiff, which has been so bad that it has forced businesses to close for the day.

Last spring, Southern Water announced plans to overhaul the site and replace the industrial-style works with a sleek, wave inspired new building.

They hope that it will reduce smells emanating from the site and also ensure treated water leaving it will meet new European Union standards.

In September 2011 the water company was fined £25,000 after untreated raw sewage leaked into Southampton Water.

Shellfish beds were closed for weeks after up to 200 litres of human excrement and sewage a second poured into the Itchen Estuary over 26 hours.

Southern Water held a two-day exhibition of the plans last July, which was attended by 160 people.

Speaking last year, Southern Water’s head of wastewater assets, Mark Thompson, said: “We know smells from the current treatment works can cause problems for residents, which is one of the reasons we’re keen to start work as soon as possible.

“We’re committed to redeveloping the site and creating a modern treatment works to serve Woolston long into the future.”

The city council’s planning panel meets next Tuesday to decide on the plans.

If they grant approval, work would be likely to begin later this year.

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7:18am Wed 8 Jan 14

WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER. says...

the stink from woolston is very unpleasant.
the stink from woolston is very unpleasant. WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER.

7:57am Wed 8 Jan 14

Lockssmart says...

WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER. wrote:
the stink from woolston is very unpleasant.
The stink from Southampton is rather unpleasant.
[quote][p][bold]WILLIAM HAGUES TWIN BROTHER.[/bold] wrote: the stink from woolston is very unpleasant.[/p][/quote]The stink from Southampton is rather unpleasant. Lockssmart

8:20am Wed 8 Jan 14

sasmike says...

if you think it stinks in woolston go to poopee it stinks all around the fratton area far far worse than woolston
if you think it stinks in woolston go to poopee it stinks all around the fratton area far far worse than woolston sasmike

9:45am Wed 8 Jan 14

ToastyTea says...

Plaguing city ?
Um can't say I've ever experienced it or had anybody else mention it.
Plaguing city ? Um can't say I've ever experienced it or had anybody else mention it. ToastyTea

10:19am Wed 8 Jan 14

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

sasmike wrote:
if you think it stinks in woolston go to poopee it stinks all around the fratton area far far worse than woolston
Send ALL our CR*P down the M27 , its the biggest sewer local to us . SIMPLES
[quote][p][bold]sasmike[/bold] wrote: if you think it stinks in woolston go to poopee it stinks all around the fratton area far far worse than woolston[/p][/quote]Send ALL our CR*P down the M27 , its the biggest sewer local to us . SIMPLES SPIKEISLANDTRADER

12:29pm Wed 8 Jan 14

chimneysweep 1234 says...

I'm glad for the residents it's finally being sorted it's been a long time in the stinking process lol
I'm glad for the residents it's finally being sorted it's been a long time in the stinking process lol chimneysweep 1234

7:10pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Lockssmart says...

SPIKEISLANDTRADER wrote:
sasmike wrote:
if you think it stinks in woolston go to poopee it stinks all around the fratton area far far worse than woolston
Send ALL our CR*P down the M27 , its the biggest sewer local to us . SIMPLES
Totton?
[quote][p][bold]SPIKEISLANDTRADER[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sasmike[/bold] wrote: if you think it stinks in woolston go to poopee it stinks all around the fratton area far far worse than woolston[/p][/quote]Send ALL our CR*P down the M27 , its the biggest sewer local to us . SIMPLES[/p][/quote]Totton? Lockssmart

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