A NASTY niff has been plaguing the Hastings town centre businesses for months with managers claiming it is driving customers away.
Managers of bussinesses in York Buildings, Wellington Place, including Shakeaway, Kamsons Pharmacy and Sculpture Salon, say they have had to endure the “disgusting stench of raw sewage” for seven months.
Despite Southern Water and the East Sussex County Council investigating the problem the cause of the offending smell has not yet been found.
Joti Haulkory, 36, manager of Kamsons pharmacy, said: “I contacted Hastings environmental deptment and they sent someone out who agreed there was an issue but it was apparently not their problem so they referred me to Southern water. They sent people out twice and they said there was no issue with their pipes and they referred us on to East Sussex Highways department and they came out and unblocked some gulleys in the road behind the pharmacy but this has made no change to the issue.
“It absolutely reeks of raw sewage. People have said they don’t want to come to the pharmacy because of the smell. We are earning a reputation as the smelliest pharmacy in Hastings!”
Tara Goodall, 45, manager of Sculpture Salon, told the Observer: “Customers don’t just come in here for a few minutes, they come here for up to an hour. We have to use candle burners all the time to just to detract from the smell!”
A Southern Water spokesperson said: “The cause of the odour in York Building, Hastings, is being investigated by our contractors, Clancy Docwra.
We are liaising directly with the affected customers to organise a suitable date, which will not interrupt their working day, for us to investigate their properties for a possible cause.”