That terrible pong that’s been floating around York? It should be gone soon

That terrible pong that’s been floating around York? It should be gone soon
17 Aug 2018 @ 5.54 pm
| Environment

Here’s news which will make all of York breathe more easily.

That horrible smell that’s been hanging around York like a – well, like a bad smell? It should soon be gone.

Many people have noticed the lingering chemically whiff – which City of York Council deputy leader Cllr Andrew Waller rightly characterised as “the appalling pong”.

It has been particularly pungent to the east of York but has even reached the city centre.

Drain the swamp

Following numerous resident complaints, Cllr Waller asked council enforcement officers to investigate. He said the problem was a lagoon on a Rufforth farm where an anaerobic digester was processing biowaste into fertiliser.

He said council officers…

  • have been to the farm near Rufforth and Abatement Notices have been served on Whitkirk Waste Solutions.

    It is stated it would take a week to empty the lagoon so they must comply by Friday 24th – hopefully the smell will abate as quickly as the lagoon shrinks.


This came as good news to many in York, who had taken to Facebook to complain about “the bog of eternal stench”.

Others said their health had been affected. One woman said her “eyes are red and sore and my left eye is swollen”, and another that “I’ve felt sick everyday for the last week”.