Ashbourne News Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By Gareth But­ter­field gareth.but­ter­[email protected]­bourne­new­stele­graph.co.uk

BOSSES at Sev­ern Trent are sug­gest­ing they may have found the source of a foul smell that has been blight­ing the lives of scores of Ash­bourne res­i­dents for many years.

The wa­ter com­pany, which is re­spon­si­ble for the area’s wa­ter sup­ply and drainage, says it has been work­ing with “some par­ties” which might be con­tribut­ing to the odour, which pe­ri­od­i­cally af­fects the es­tates off Old Derby Road. Res­i­dents in the Hill­top area, in the Wyas­ton Road es­tates and in the “trees” es­tates such as Cedar Close and Po­plar Cres­cent, have all re­ported the stench, which is of­ten said to be worse dur­ing the warmer months.

In re­sponse, Sev­ern Trent has been mon­i­tor­ing the air qual­ity in the ar­eas af­fected and hold­ing a se­ries of meet­ings in Ash­bourne to up­date res­i­dents on the progress.

Now the firm says its work with “some par­ties” might have un­cov­ered “changes” that have con­trib­uted to the odours. How­ever Sev­ern Trent re­fuses to say who the “par­ties” are – or even where they are based – be­cause of “data pro­tec­tion”.

Ser­vice de­liv­ery man­ager Zelia Lock­ett said: “We con­tinue to work with lo­cal busi­nesses in and around Ash­bourne who have been more than will­ing and help­ful in re­la­tion to get­ting to the root cause of the is­sue.

“We have high­lighted some par­ties who have found some ar­eas where they need to com­plete some work to help en­sure that they are not con­tribut­ing to the on­go­ing is­sues within the area.

“These par­ties have full com­pli­ance with their pro­cesses and pro­ce­dures, and have bro­ken no laws or per­mit com­pli­ance, but may have made changes that may have con­trib­uted.

“I can’t re­it­er­ate enough how much lo­cal busi­ness have worked very proac­tively with us to help un­der­stand what may be con­tribut­ing to the is­sue.

“The par­ties in­volved have ini­ti­ated works to make changes that need to hap­pen.”

Busi­ness have worked with us to help un­der­stand what may be con­tribut­ing to the is­sue. Zelia Lock­ett

Old Derby Road es­tates have been suf­fer­ing from bad odours for some time and Sev­ern Trent have been in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cause of the pe­ri­odic stink

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