Council trace Magor smell to field

First published in News

A PUNGENT smell which was puzzling Monmouthshire council staff on the run-up to Christmas was traced to a nearby farmer’s field.

  Colleagues based at Innovation House, Magor, had complained of odour problems apparent on a couple of days last week.

  The ‘rotten eggs’ smell was reported to the council’s Environmental Health officers and enquiries were made with the assistance of Newport council, the Environment Agency and Welsh Water to find out where it was coming from.

  On Thursday, chief officer for regeneration and culture, Kellie Beirne e-mailed all staff to say the council was aware of the smell in the building and the surrounding area.

  A subsequent e-mail from David O’Leary said from the search EHOs found it was coming from two local farmers spreading manure on their land, with some of the fields in fairly close proximity to Innovation House.

  He said it appeared that one of them applied a particular additive to the manure to aid its composting which may have been responsible for the particular sulphurous nature of the smell.

  He added the farmer assured the council he will not be using it again.

Staff were told to report any further problems.

 

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6:07pm Fri 28 Dec 12

richie55 says...

This is not news...It is normal to smell manure when driving in the Magor and Undy area. Its the price one pays for living in the countryside.
This is not news...It is normal to smell manure when driving in the Magor and Undy area. Its the price one pays for living in the countryside. richie55
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6:27pm Fri 28 Dec 12

seren1973 says...

Get a grip you so called journalists...this is NOT news as richie55 so rightly says.Get out there & do some proper investigation & reporting please.
Get a grip you so called journalists...this is NOT news as richie55 so rightly says.Get out there & do some proper investigation & reporting please. seren1973
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6:51pm Fri 28 Dec 12

CM1 says...

Funny how when the 'issue' affects the Council itself, the staff are all over it like a rash!! If this non-issue was the subject of a complaint by any 'normal' member of the community, the Council would be nowhere to be seen.
Funny how when the 'issue' affects the Council itself, the staff are all over it like a rash!! If this non-issue was the subject of a complaint by any 'normal' member of the community, the Council would be nowhere to be seen. CM1
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8:41pm Fri 28 Dec 12

Dolieboy says...

In other news, some rain has fallen and the grass continues to grow.
In other news, some rain has fallen and the grass continues to grow. Dolieboy
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11:55pm Fri 28 Dec 12

barrie says...

I saw paint dry earlier
I saw paint dry earlier barrie
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8:31am Sat 29 Dec 12

amandaajd1 says...

Dolieboy wrote:
In other news, some rain has fallen and the grass continues to grow.
Pmsl
[quote][p][bold]Dolieboy[/bold] wrote: In other news, some rain has fallen and the grass continues to grow.[/p][/quote]Pmsl amandaajd1
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10:37am Sat 29 Dec 12

Oriel Bufton says...

Oh well - what do you expect when a bunch of 'townies' arrive in the countryside? They'll be banning muck spreading next! I can smell muck spreading over here in Caerwent, but as a country girl, I know what it is, and actually it's quite comforting to know that the farmers are still using such an old fashioned method of fertilizing their fields, instead of using the poison produced by Monsanto et al. They need to get a grip or go back to the concrete cancer building in Cwmbran.
Oh well - what do you expect when a bunch of 'townies' arrive in the countryside? They'll be banning muck spreading next! I can smell muck spreading over here in Caerwent, but as a country girl, I know what it is, and actually it's quite comforting to know that the farmers are still using such an old fashioned method of fertilizing their fields, instead of using the poison produced by Monsanto et al. They need to get a grip or go back to the concrete cancer building in Cwmbran. Oriel Bufton
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4:43pm Sat 29 Dec 12

GogExile says...

This is up the with the 'Rain Causes Large Puddle in Rogerstone' story. Rain causes puddles and manure smells - who knew?
This is up the with the 'Rain Causes Large Puddle in Rogerstone' story. Rain causes puddles and manure smells - who knew? GogExile
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7:23pm Sat 29 Dec 12

seren1973 says...

You aren't just a laughing stock around here SWA with your pathetic journalism skills.My friend lives in a sleepy market town in Suffolk & we compete with each other to see who can come up with the most rubbish "news" story.She freely admits that I win with this one! I am not proud of winning :(
You aren't just a laughing stock around here SWA with your pathetic journalism skills.My friend lives in a sleepy market town in Suffolk & we compete with each other to see who can come up with the most rubbish "news" story.She freely admits that I win with this one! I am not proud of winning :( seren1973
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11:12pm Sat 29 Dec 12

foxy3rd says...

Some of the reporting is poor,doesn't warrant newspaper space.I have often seen locations of incidents given but the area of town it's reported as being in doesn't relate to the location given over the years it's become lightweight in quality and content.
Some of the reporting is poor,doesn't warrant newspaper space.I have often seen locations of incidents given but the area of town it's reported as being in doesn't relate to the location given over the years it's become lightweight in quality and content. foxy3rd
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1:09pm Sun 30 Dec 12

youngashie says...

What a load of cr-p this reporting is the south wales argus must be desperate for something to report on.Hey newsflash it has just startad to rain again.
What a load of cr-p this reporting is the south wales argus must be desperate for something to report on.Hey newsflash it has just startad to rain again. youngashie
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