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Council starts enforcement action over Caister Sewage treatment works

Cllr Penny Carpenter, chairman of the environment committee, said: "Over recent years, the council has continued to liaise with Anglian Water around addressing reports from residents of foul odour from the water company's Caister Sewage Treatment Works.

"While Anglian Water has completed works at the site during that time, there has been an increase in complaints this year, particularly since Easter. In response, Environmental Services officers undertook proactive monitoring in the back gardens of complainants in the area and gained evidence to support enforcement action.

"The council is satisfied that the works are causing a statutory nuisance to the community and has served an abatement notice on Anglian Water, requiring them to put a stop to the issue by April 1, 2020 at the very latest or risk prosecution with the possibility of an unlimited fine.  

"This deadline gives the company a reasonable period to complete abatement works they have identified as required to address the particular issue, while holding them to a timeline for compliance. This enforcement action shows that the council is listening and responding robustly to an issue of public concern which is affecting quality of life in the surrounding community.

"The council will continue to liaise with Anglian Water to offer any Environmental Health advice necessary to help them meet their responsibilities, and we expect to see progress and an improvement for residents within those timescales. We encourage residents to continue reporting any odour issues to Anglian Water."

Last modified on 10 September 2020

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