Understandably, the residents of Great Ponton are totally dissatisfied with the feeble comments from an Anglian Water spokesman concerning the sewage smell in the village.
To refer to a grossly offensive problem covering four decades as “recently experienced” and “unpleasant” must be the ultimate understatement.
Hydrogen sulphide is an extremely hazardous, lethally toxic gas; even at low concentrations it will cause irritation of mucous membranes, headaches, dizziness and nausea. If the “odour-killing chemicals”, which are clearly ineffective, are added in an attempt merely to mask the stench, this sounds like nothing better than papering over the cracks.
Anglian Water cheerfully continues to take money from its long-suffering customers and local government has enthusiastically accepted more council tax as property development has taken place, without addressing the inevitable strain on local infrastructure – including sewage treatment.
I suspect their corporate mottos could well be that classic quotation from Roman Emperor Vespasian: “Pecunia non olet” – money has no smell!