‘Pong means I have to run from car into work’

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BUSINESS workers say they are at the end of their tether as a foul smell plagues a corner of Havant.

Workers at Broadmarsh are angry after enduring months of unpleasant odours from Budds Farm Wastewater Treatment Works.

Some businesses have turned off their ventilation systems – and some workers say they cannot even open a window because of the stench.

Some employees have now even resorted to wearing gas masks.

The smell started in April and has got worse in recent weeks.

Jan Lasnon, who runs Lasnon PR at Southmoor Workspace, said: ‘This is a new business centre here with a nice atmosphere.

‘It’s being completely ruined by what’s going on across the road.

‘Our building seems to get the full whack from it.’

She added: ‘It’s to the point where I can’t even stand outside in it.

‘I run from my car into the building.’

One woman, who regularly visits Southmoor, who did not want to be named, said: ‘Employees at nearby industries are suffering from headaches, burning at the back of their throats and they feel very nauseous.

‘The smell lingers in their hair and clothes and it’s most distressing.’

Environmental health officers at Havant Borough Council have been notified.

Officials at Southern Water said the smells should go this week.

A spokesman said: ‘We are sorry for the recent increase in odours and the inconvenience this has caused to people living and working nearby.

‘We have worked hard over the last few days to clear the build-up of treated waste from the site, which has led to further odour issues.

‘The backlog is now cleared and we are confident that things will be back to normal today.

‘The problem arose because the site has been dealing with more waste than usual over the last few weeks while improvements are being carried out at our Peel Common treatment works.

‘We have visited customers in the area to explain the situation and assure them of the steps we are taking to solve it as soon as possible.’