A bad smell at seafront in West St Leonards but only for another three weeks

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BEACH-GOERS and those who live near the site of the old bathing pool at West St Leonards have been asked to bear with the bad smells as Southern Water fixes a serious problem with the storm water tank.

The work is part of the £300,000 improvements in the pipeline for the Seaside Road and Cinque Ports tanks.

The issue at West St Leonards was highlighted by developers who were granted planning approval to build a £1.5 million beachside venue, Lido, on the bathing pool site in February last year, as the problem was hampering their plans.

It meant that at times, particularly when there had been bad weather, waste material was discharged onto the beach and into the sea.

The current works are due to be completed in the next three weeks, which will be welcome news for those affected.

A Southern Water spokesman said: “We apologise to customers who may be affected by odours from our storm tank in Seaside Road, St Leonards.

“We are currently clearing the tank of non-biodegradable items such as cleaning wipes which block the pumps there and making further improvements before installing new pumps.

“Regrettably this essential work, which we expect to last a further three weeks, involves temporary pumping arrangements which are causing some disruption to people living nearby.

“We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and thank customers for their patience while the repairs are under way. In September we will be replacing pumps at our Cinque Ports pumping station.

“These improvements will help ensure that these sites operate as efficiently as possible.”

Adam Daly, of the Lido team said: “We are delighted that SWS has confirmed that it is going to be spending a considerable sum of money to ensure that these improvements happen.

“This will enable us to continue with our fundraising negotiations with renewed confidence.

“The Lido team would like to thank Southern Water, the Environment Agency and Hastings Borough Council for their support and understanding in this matter and we will be making further project update announcements in the near future.”