ANGRY residents say their neighbourhood stinks so badly it is making them physically sick.
Flintshire councillor for Sealand, Christine Jones, said a smell in the Sealand area caused by muck-spreading had been around for weeks.
This is not the first time Deeside residents have suffered from foul odours but Cllr Jones is among many who say the reek is worse than anything they have known before. “It does make you physically sick,” she said.
Cllr Jones said she reported it to council officers last year when the smell was not so bad but was told there was nothing they could do.
“I was told the farmers can do whatever they like,” she said “I know we live in a part rural ward but it’s not the point. It’s disgraceful.”
Last year stenches wafting from the Sealand Road sewage works led to complaints and earlier this month Sandycroft residents complained about a smell coming from the 2 Sisters chicken factory.
Alun Freeth from Orchard Way in Garden City said the crop-spreading smell was worse than anything the area had known before.
“I don’t know why the council are doing nothing about it,” he said.
“You can’t open your windows or your doors. The stench is disgusting. Older people are having headaches and feeling sick. They’re saying their heads are spinning
“It’s not fair on old people or young people. It’s vile.
Mr Freeth who has lived in the area for about 50 years said the sewage smell last year was “nothing to this”.
Another Garden City resident described the smell as “like something died and has gone rotten”.
“It’s not a normal smell,” she said. “It’s absolutely disgusting, we’ve never had anything like it.
And Norman Redfern of Orchard way who said he had lived in the area for more than 40 years, agreed the smell had never been so bad.
“Everybody’s complaining about it,” he said.
Others on Facebook have complained of having to keep doors and windows shut and of headaches and nausea.
Angela Murton posted: “The house stinks of it, something needs to be done. Why should we have to put up with this smell?”
And Helen Louise Hough posted: “I could smell the stench through my cold. Even by keeping the windows and doors closed you could still smell it indoors.”
But following complaints from residents and further intervention from Cllr Jones, the council says it is now in talks with the individual concerned to prevent it happening again.
Ian Vaughan-Evans, Flintshire’s interim public protection manager said an officer had investigated the matter earlier this week.
“Chicken manure has been used to fertilise land in the area and this is causing the odour,” he said. “There is no risk to public health despite the unpleasant smell.”
He said the odour would disappear over the course of the next few days or more quickly if it rained.
“The matter is still being investigated,” he added, “and an officer will be contacting the landowner with a view to preventing this situation being repeated and taking the appropriate enforcement action.”