Smelly welcome for city visitors

Cotton Valley Sewage
Cotton Valley Sewage

Another smelly hiccup at the Cotton Valley Sewage works has led to a steaming heap of criticism.

Hundreds of residents experienced a foul smell as they soaked up the sun in their gardens on Sunday.

Anglian Water has apologised and said the whiff was due to “an unfortunate incident” with a split sludge pipe, which was mended by early evening.

Last week we reported how a different problem with an anaerobic digester had been causing “periodic odorous gasses” to waft as far afield as the city centre.

Each incident has to be reported to Milton Keynes Council, whose officers meet regular with Cotton Valley bosses to discuss any odour complaints.

Former councillor Sam Crooks is now demanding the council “gets a grip” on Anglian Water to demand improvements.

Said Mr Crooks: “Sunday’s smell was the latest in a chapter of accidents at Cotton Valley. The council must stop appeasing them,

“Cotton Valley is at the main entrance to Milton Keynes off junction 14. Entering the city alongside a bad smell gives a horrible impression to visitors.”

The council served the sewage works with odour abatement notices in 2010.

Since then the improvements have been not been as great as officers hoped, say sources.

“There will always be a signature odour from Cotton Valley, but we feel it should be reduced for the sake of residents,” said one.