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Thursday, 10 June 2021

Muir urges public to report pungent pongs at Kinnegar

North Down Alliance MLA Andrew Muir has urged local people to report regularly occurring malodours in the Kinnegar area to the Council after they offered to issue and review log sheets in efforts to establish the root cause. 

Commenting on the issue, Andrew Muir MLA stated “I have been campaigning for many years to eliminate the awful malodours emanating from the Kinnegar Lagoons and thought we had solved the problem when I secured £4.5million investment in the Waste Water Treatment Works. These works helped enormously by ending the scandalous practice whereby raw sewage was pumped into the Kinnegar Lagoons. The pong has however sadly returned with malodours again wafting through the air”. 

Continuing Andrew Muir MLA remarked “Engagement with both NI Water and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency has not unfortunately located the source of the stench despite my repeated engagement with these bodies and extensive research by both. Whilst these efforts may have drawn a blank I am still determined to secure a resolution to the issue and made contact with Ards and North Down Borough Council”. 

Concluding, Andrew Muir MLA stated “I am thankful to the Council for offering to issue and review log sheets to establish how often and when the odours occur in order to hopefully eliminate the nuisance and would urge local residents to get in contact with Environmental Health so we can end the pungent pongs which continue to pervade the area”