Councils act as pong persists

.

.

First published in News

HEALTH officers from two councils are now investigating the cause of the smell reported across the county.

More than 150 people have contacted the Oxford Mail since Tuesday complaining about the pong in Oxford and areas stretching from Wallingford to Banbury.

One resident in Beckley, just north of Barton, suspected a pile of chicken manure in a field off Bayswater Road was causing the smell.

But, despite a strong smell in the area, a farmer denied having any knowledge of the stench.

Environmental health officers from Oxford City and South Oxfordshire District councils are now investigating the cause of the smell.

A town councillor from Brackley, Northamptonshire, called to suggest the source of the pong could be sludge injection, food waste used as fertiliser.

But the Environment Agency said it had not issued any permits for sludge injection in the past two weeks.

Spokesman Joe Giacomelli said: “We have still not had any complaints raised to us.

“If there is an odour and it is not related to a site we regulate, it is not in our remit to investigate.”

On Wednesday, Headington ward city councillor Ruth Wilkinson said she had received calls from a number of people about the odour, which could still be detected in Wheatley, near her place of work.

  • Have you smelt the pong? Do you know the cause? Call the Oxford Mail’s pong-line on 01865 425431 if you have the solution.

 

  • Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone's contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.

Send your Letter to the Editor

11:20am Monday 28th July 2014

What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter through the blue headline above.


Our top stories

Greens wants tax hike to stop disabled facing cuts

Oxford Mail: David Williams leader of the Green Group on Oxfordshire County Council

6:00am Thursday 29th January 2015

COUNCIL tax should be raised by an average of more than £60 a year to stop cuts to disability services, the Green Party has said.

Pothole payouts in Oxfordshire double

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Wednesday 28th January 2015

THE amount of compensation claimed by Oxfordshire drivers for pothole damage more than doubled in two years.

A40 partially blocked this evening - by 50-60 sheep

Oxford Mail:

10:21pm Wednesday 28th January 2015

THE A40 is partially blocked at Wolvercote by up to 60 loose sheep.

Churchill’s memorial man still chiselling away after 66 years

Oxford Mail:

8:43pm Wednesday 28th January 2015

THE 50th anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill’s funeral will be marked across Oxfordshire tomorrow.

Girl slept with accused sex attacker when she was aged 14, court told

Oxford Mail: Oxford Crown Court

8:39pm Wednesday 28th January 2015

A GIRL has claimed she had sex with a young man accused of grooming and exploiting teenagers in Banbury when she was 14 years old.

Snake fossil finds spark rethink of their history

Oxford Mail:

8:33pm Wednesday 28th January 2015

SNAKE fossils found in Oxfordshire have forced scientists to re-write their evolutionary story.

Comments (1)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

6:58am Mon 4 Aug 14

Adrian1 says...

Any odious government policies released recently?
Any odious government policies released recently? Adrian1
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree