Sam Yarwood reports on the 'stomach-churning' smell which has left families unable to open windows
Angry residents have voiced their disgust over the ‘stomach-churning’ smell which has spread itself across Chester and Deeside.
The stench is believed to be caused by the spreading of chicken manure on fields surrounding Sealand Road, and has been affecting residents in Chester, Garden City and Connah’s Quay and Chester.
Flintshire Cllr Chris Jones told the Chronicle she has received more than 40 complaints from residents in the past few weeks, desperately asking if something can be done.
She said: “There is very little we can do about the smell. It appears around the same time every year, but this year has been the worst.
“It seems to be a stronger smell than usual – it could be because of the dry weather we have had that the products being used are not soaking into the soil like they normally do.
“That combined with the heat spells we have had could have caused the smell to spread further. The stench really is stomach churning. You take manure smells in your stride living in a rural area, but this really is becoming intolerable.
“It is disgusting for residents who are unable to open their doors or windows without being hit with such an awful smell.”
Ian Vaughan-Evans, interim public protection manager at Flintshire County Council, said: “Yesterday our Pollution Control Team received reports of an unpleasant odour in the Sealand area and an officer was sent out to investigate.
“Chicken manure has been used to fertilise land in the area and this is causing the odour.
“The fertiliser does not contain human faeces and there is no risk to public health despite the unpleasant smell.
“The odour will disappear over the course of the next few days, or more quickly should it rain.
“The matter is still being investigated and an officer will be contacting the landowner with a view to preventing this situation being repeated and taking the appropriate enforcement action.”