Row over east Leeds farm stink

HOLD YOUR NOSE: From left,  Harry Boshell, Tina Taylor, Coun Mark Dobson, Pat Heaps and Councillor Andrea McKenna.
HOLD YOUR NOSE: From left, Harry Boshell, Tina Taylor, Coun Mark Dobson, Pat Heaps and Councillor Andrea McKenna.
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ANGRY residents living next to a east Leeds farm are kicking up a stink over a ‘putrid’ smell coming from the site.

Sewage from a caravan site on Stourton Grange Farm in Micklefield is being put illegally into a public sewer, Yorkshire Water has confirmed.

Makins, which runs the site, employs seasonal workers who live in the static caravans.

Ludlow Avenue resident Pat Heaps, 73, said: “The smell is just horrendous and it was coming in the house.

“My daughter came to visit me and said the grates and drains smell - it was that bad.”

Harry Boshell, 83, has lived on the road for 36 years.

He said: “It has been overwhelming at times. It’s unpleasant when you’re sitting outside in your garden.”

One neighbour even ripped up his floorboards, convinced it was a problem at his home.

A spokesman for Yorkshire Water said: “The tenant at Stourton Grange Farm, Micklefield, has installed an illegal connection into a public surface water sewer and put a manhole cover over a surface water drain in his field.

“We’ve been in touch with the tenant to ask him to remove the connection and manhole.

“We always prefer to give customers the opportunity to resolve the situation themselves but we do have the right to serve a legal notice if there’s any resistance.”

A spokeswoman for the Environment Agency said: “We have been working with Yorkshire Water to find the source of bad smells on Ludlow Avenue in Micklefield.

“The root of the problem was found to be sewage from a local farm being illegally discharged into a surface water drain.

“We’re continuing to investigate how the problem can be dealt with, but Yorkshire Water will be taking forward the pollution issue as it relates to the illegal use of their sewer.”

Coun Mark Dobson, (Lab Garforth and Swillington), said: “When I found out...I was appalled. I am also annoyed at what residents have had to endure these last few weeks.”

In an e-mail to the YEP, managing director Chris Makin said: “The problem has being (sic) resolved and there will be no more unpleasant smells.”