10 Sept - Waste Water Treatment Works Odours - over 40 compliants - SHRA wrote to Southern Water about the smells coming from the water treatment works. Here is their response."Thank you for your email received on 23 August 2019, in relation to your concerns about odours at our Eastbourne Wastewater Treatment Works. I confirm we are aware of the odours from our Eastbourne Wastewater Treatment Works, as we have received 40 complaints regarding this issue within the past 12 months. Because of this, we have been carrying out investigations, which are still currently ongoing.
During our investigations, we determined a major source of the odour was due to the failure of one of our chemical storage tanks in July 2018. This meant we had to run on a temporary dosing system until May 2019. Historically, odours have only been measured out of the stack, but we have now installed a new monitoring system on site which enables us to monitor odours at an additional 5 locations around our site. This will help us determine whether odour is still being released elsewhere.
This system is due to remain on site for a further 12 months, to allow us to build a greater understanding of any odour releases. Once we have collected more information from this monitoring system, we will deal with any odour concerns accordingly."
27 August - Response to SHRA's letter to local councillors - following our letter of 26 July to local councillors that raised a number of issues, a meeting was arranged with them resulting in the following updates....
Community Centre: The target date for opening is Sept 1st. The reason for the delay were difficult to establish as the building was handed over to Wave Leisure who is responsible for its management. It is unclear whether any conditions had been put in place on either the builders or Wave Leisure to ensure that the building was opened in a timely way. The councillors felt that the council needed to learn lesson from the experience. The 1st of September is a Sunday :-(
Amount of garden fencing around the water feature: Council officers had investigated this fully and had concluded that there were no enforcement measure they could take. If residents were still concerned, the local management companies for the properties should be approached.
Port Moresby Place (Site 8): The contractors had recently finished the railings but they still needed painting. The whole area was now looking much better but there was tidying up of weeds and general rubbish left by the contractor. The contractors were responsible for this.
Macauley Place (Site 7c): The planning permission for Macauley Place included a “public open space”. This was meant to be completed when 60% of the dwellings were sold. This was still a long way off as there were over 70 dwellings but experience with other developments meant that residents were concerned that they would struggle to ensure this would be completed. It was pointed out that there was no commitment to a “play area” i.e. providing play equipment, but the devolved budget of £10,000 might go some way to the paying for this. However, play equipment was very expensive and other sources of funding would need to be found. SHRA and Councillors would keep an on eye on the sales so they could make sure that the commitment to the open space was fulfilled.
Prom Parking: SHRA objected to cars being parked on the beach near the SW Treatment Works. This was possible because the post on the slope up from the waterworks roundabout which would have prevented access seemed to be broken. Council officers had told SHRA that this was beyond repair and insertion of a new post would have to wait until finances were available. In the meantime, parking wardens would warn people that they should not be parking there and if they continued doing so, a penalty notice would be issued. SHRA argued for a much more prominent notice to make it clear that parking was prohibited.
Since the meeeting with councillors, the post has been reinstated and warning notices have been put up. However, they didn't prevent parked cars blocking the Dotto train's access during the Bank Holiday weekend.
Fisherman’s Quay: Residents were interested to know when this would be completed as they are supportive of the project. Councillors had no further information. SHRA agreed to contact the fishermans' Community Interest Company (CIC) and ask if they could help in any way to bring the project to completion.
Weeding - the change of EBC's contractor earlier this year appears to have brought about positive improvements, with many paths being weeded and cleared of litter.
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