BOROUGH chiefs are spending £5,000 to tackle bad smells in Ellesmere Port.
The council will identify the source of stenches in the town and look at ways to neutralise them.
The cash will enable the town's Air Quality Forum to achieve a set target on public odour control.
Borough lead officer on the issue, Lyn Collins, said: 'The forum has been tasked to reduce the association between bad smells and concerns over air quality from 52% to 40% in 2007.
'The work of the group is in its early stages. However, since smells are very difficult to measure, it's considered that some assessment capability beyond that of the forum's partners may be required.'
The money will help fund a re-search project carried out by a science placement student to:
Identify and characterise odorous emissions in the borough from a variety of sources - agricultural, industrial, commercial or domestic
Prioritise emissions on the grounds of pungency, volume, and impact and health association
Deliver an action plan, with costings, looking at ways of reducing the community impact of odours
Produce newsletters and press releases to tell the community about the findings of the research.
Mrs Collins added: 'This is an ambitious project involving a very difficult science. However, such investment will be necessary if the target is to be achieved.'
Meanwhile, the council plans to spend £8,500 on maintaining and placing the air quality monitoring equipment and AIRWATCH public display boards in the town centre.
Mrs Collins said: 'The maintenance and running costs of supporting the existing equipment is a source of continuing revenue challenge.
'All efforts are made to maximise external funding. Over the year, air quality partners have been consulted to enhance their level of support to the programme and letters sent to more than 100 local businesses requesting interest in the Air Quality Forum and support either 'in kind' or financial. To date, contributions amounting to £3,000 have been raised.
'It is recommended that £8,500 a year is provided to ensure continuance of this important element of the pollution control service.'
And the council plans to spend £5,000 to produce an action plan for reducing nitrogen dioxide levels along Whitby Road. It will involve 'significant levels' of consultation and public information, as well as looking at the costs of developing and implementing solutions.
Mrs Collins explained: 'Currently there is no specific budget for this type of work and there is no possible grant stream available.'