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Alliance encourages public to report odours to help plug the pong

Alliance representatives have encouraged local people to report any malodours in the vicinity of the Kinnegar area

East Belfast Alliance MLA Chris Lyttle and Holywood Alliance Councillor Andrew Muir were speaking after meeting with senior NI Environment Agency and NI Water personnel to discuss concerns relating to malodours and pollution at the Tillysburn stream.

The stream, which runs from Tillysburn roundabout, behind IKEA and towards B&Q, adjoins the Kinnegar lagoons, which saw a £4.5 million investment by NI Water to stop pollution there after years of lobbying by Councillor Muir.

“With local Holywood residents still experiencing malodours, I was keen to meet with officials to discuss possible causes, especially after previous reports East Belfast’s ageing sewage network may be contributing to the problem,” said Councillor Muir.

“I would like to thank NIEA and NI Water representatives for taking the time to meet on-site and discuss the issue. Whilst investment in the upgrade of the sewage system can only improve the situation, it was felt this may not be the key cause.

“Members of the public are therefore encouraged to promptly report any malodours to the Pollution Hotline via 0800 807060 or emergency-pollution@daera-ni.gov.uk to enable further investigation into possible causes. It was also felt the natural effect of aerobic decomposition of sediment and tidal movements could be a cause but until a definitive pattern is found concerning when and where odours are experienced, officials cannot pinpoint the exact cause.”

Chris Lyttle MLA added: “This was a useful and informative meeting, proving yet again the need for investment, and also for any malodours to be reported to enable thorough investigation.

“As an MLA I will continue to lobby for NI Water to receive sufficient funding to enable delivery of fit for purpose water and sewage infrastructure which minimises pollution incidents.”