Protestors organise rally against Southern Water’s Eastney pumping station

DEMO Protesters outside of Southern Water's Eastney pumping station are not happy about smells and loud noises from the site.    Picture: Allan Hutchings (113001-918)
DEMO Protesters outside of Southern Water's Eastney pumping station are not happy about smells and loud noises from the site. Picture: Allan Hutchings (113001-918)
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DEMONSTRATORS gathered this morning outside Southern Water’s Eastney Pumping Station, in opposition to what residents claim are unreasonable levels of noise, bad smells and damage to properties.

Thirty-five people from the Henderson Road area carried placards to protest against what they see as the company’s unreasonable behaviour.

Despite heavy rain, the demonstrators stayed for around an hour to protest against is excessive noise and bad smells which come from the station.

The demonstrators want compensation from Southern Water.

They are also unhappy because they say the original station, which is still in operation at Henderson Road, Eastney, is causing too much noise, due to machinery which is due for recalibration, and smells, which have been allowed to escape because workers have left doors open during the warm summer months.

Organiser John Stevenson, of Henderson Park, said: ‘It’s a fantastic turn out despite the weather and it shows how strongly we feel about this.

‘The noise is terrible and the smell is atrocious. I don’t know whether this will have the effect we want. Nobody has spoken to us today but this can’t carry on and if they don’t do something about it, we will be back next week and we will keep coming back until things improve.’

Southern Water has told The News it intends to carry out noise-reduction work at the pumping station, and will institute a closed-door policy at the station.