Council urged to find solution to "foul and vile smell"

Cause of bad smells in centre of Kilmacrennan to be investigated

Council urged to find solution to "foul and vile smell"

Donegal County Council is to contact Irish Water about bads smells that exist at times in the centre of Kilmacrennan.

Offiicials from the  Letterkenny Muncipal District Council are to raise the issue to see if any more can be done to tackle the bad smells in the Upper Main Street area of the town.

The matter was raised at the May meeting of the municipal district by Cllr. Michael McBride (pictured) who tabled a motion calling for an urgent review and solution to the ongoing problem of sewage fumes in the Upper Main Street.

He said the problem has been going on for a few years and that there is a “foul and vile” smell of gas coming from the sewage system.

He said an “exhaust” had been put in and this had worked “reasonably well”. But the smell at times is “unbelievable” near the garda station and post office.

“The gas seems to just hang in the air. This is just not on,” he said.

The council said in a written reply that its water services are “actively involved” in trying to find the source of, and solution, to the ongoing and unacceptable foul sewer odour being experienced by residents in the upper main street area to the town.

Site inspections

“A number of site inspections have taken place with more planned. When results are known water services will be better informed on the most appropriate solution to elimnnate this situation,” the council said.

Cllr. John O’Donnell said the smell is worse in good weather. He assured people that the matter is being acted upon and added that there may be a problem with holding tanks.

“We definitely need to look at it,” he said,  suggesting that that they put in more exhausts.

He said the long term solution was a new treatment plant for Kilmacrennan and he called on the council to provide an update on this.