A COUNCILLOR has launched a petition to get Bourne smelling clean and fresh for the events taking place this year.
Helen Powell, a member of Bourne Town Council and South Kesteven District Council, has launched the petition to ask Anglian Water to finally find a solution to the problem of nasty smells in the town centre.
People have been complaining about the pong, which rises from the sewers and hangs over West Street for about five years.
But Coun Powell says it is about time Anglian Water finds a solution because thousands of visitors will pack the town for events this year.
She said: “Anglian Water have known about these smells for years and nothing has been done but it is imperative that we don’t have a disgusting smell in the streets for all the activities.
“This year is going to be a really good year for Bourne. They are expecting 15,000 people at the BRM day in October and they get about 5,000 people at the Bourne Classic Car Show in June.
“There will be events for the Queen’s diamond jubilee as well and we just don’t want all these visitors to be put off by the smells in Bourne.”
Coun Powell has left petitions at Sandalls butchers, Burtons of Bourne bakery, Boots and Superdrug, all in West Street, and hopes as many people as possible will add their name.
She said: “I just want to show Anglian Water the strength of feeling in the town.”
In December, Anglian Water told The Local that the problem would be fixed in March because
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a five-metre section of pipe would be replaced, costing £7,000.
But this week a spokesman said a “more extensive programme than originally planned” would be carried out to make sure there would be no other problems.
He said: “We are sorry if people in Bourne have been upset by the apparent delay to work on the sewers in West Street.”
He said a complete investigation, including tankering and jetting the sewer clean before carrying out a thorough CCTV survey, would be carried out “within the next few weeks”.
The investigation work will cost £15,000 and a further £25,000 has been set aside to carry out any further work.
The spokesman said: “While a dip or similar problem with the sewer is still likely to be a major cause of the smells, we want to make sure there are no other problems which could be contributing to them.
“We appreciate this must be an unpleasant problem and we are sorry it will now take slightly longer to fix. We are committed to removing the odour and believe the extra time and money will be well spent.”
He said there would be “minimum disruption to residents”.
Town councillor Shirley Cliffe, who has frequently complained to Anglian Water, was disappointed there will be a delay. She said: “It has been really smelly this week and I think Anglian Water should hang their heads in shame because it should be fixed by now.
Bourne Town Council’s highways and planning committee will be discussing the problem at its meeting on Tuesday, March 13.