Sunday, 23 June 2019

Alliance encourages public to report odours to help plug the pong

Chris Lyttle MLA and Alderman
Andrew Muir at Tillysburn Stream
East Belfast Alliance MLA Chris Lyttle and myself are encouraging local people to report any malodours after meeting with Senior NI Environment Agency (NIEA) and NI Water personnel to discuss concerns relating to malodours and pollution at the Tillysburn Stream which runs from Tillysburn roundabout, behind IKEA towards B and Q and adjoins the Kinnegar lagoons which have been remediated following £4.5million investment by NI Water after years of lobbying by myself.

With local Holywood residents still experiencing malodours I was keen to meet with officials alongside Chris Lyttle MLA for East Belfast to discuss possible causes especially after previous reports that East Belfast's ageing sewage network may be contributing to the problem.

I would like to thank NIEA and NI Water representatives for taking the time to meet on-site and discuss the issue. Whilst  investment in upgrade of sewage system can only but improve the situation it was felt that this may not be the key cause. Members of the public are therefore to be encouraged to promptly report any malodours to the Pollution Hotline via telephoning 0800 807060 or email emergency-pollution@daera-ni.gov.uk to enable further investigation into possible causes. It was also felt that the natural effect of aerobic decomposition of sediment and tidal movements could be a cause but until a definitive pattern is found concerning when and where odours are experienced officials cannot pin point the exact cause.

Chris Lyttle Alliance MLA for East Belfast remarked "This was a useful and informative meeting proving yet again the need for investment and also for any malodours to be reported to enable thorough investigation. As a Member of the NI Assembly I will continue to lobby for NI Water to receive sufficient funding to enable delivery of fit for purpose water and sewage infrastructure which minimises pollution incidents".


No comments: