Probe after Tarves ‘smell’ complaints

Tarves resident Nicola Minty says the smell from the drains in the centre of the village can be strong at times.
Tarves resident Nicola Minty says the smell from the drains in the centre of the village can be strong at times.

Water bosses are stepping up their attempts to pinpoint the cause of an offensive smell in Tarves.

Villagers have long complained about a strong odour in the Duthie Road area, thought to be coming from the sewer.

The community council would welcome a more formal investigation in order to resolve this long-running issue

Bob Davidson Tarves Community Council Chairman

Scottish Water will now try to identify the problem with a CCTV survey of the local sewage network.

Tarves Commununity Council have welcomed the move.

Chairman Bob Davidson said: “Community council members have reported this issue to Scottish Water numerous times over a period of more than two years.

“As I understand it, Scottish Water officers have conducted visual investigations previously but have yet to establish the cause of the problem.

“The community council would welcome a more formal investigation in order to resolve this long-running issue.”

Mid-Formartine Councillor Paul Johnston said: “The community has had considerable difficulty in getting action from Scottish Water over the last year and more to solve the problem of a foul sewage smell that periodically occurs along the old part of Duthie Road.

“Scottish Water has been out several times but have not detected the smell by the time they arrived several days later.”

Local residents say they are fed up of the problem.

Nicola Minty, 22, who lives nearby, told the Times: “It seems to be coming from the drains, you know by the smell. It doesn’t happen all the time, but sometimes the smell is so bad.”

Aberdeenshire East Liberal Democrat Christine Jardine welcomed the company’s probe.

She said: “I’ve been told residents find the smell to be at its worst on days following heavy rain. Hopefully this will go some way to solving the problem.”

A Scottish Water spokesperson said: “Scottish Water has carried out a thorough inspection of the sewer located along Duthie Road and found there to be no blockages present.

“We have arranged for a CCTV survey along the local sewage network.”