Why did Cheltenham stink yesterday?
‘WHAT is that horrible smell?’ was the question in Cheltenham yesterday afternoon - and the Echo can now reveal the answer.
People across the town were pinching their noses after a pungent odour wafted their way - and they took to the Echo website, Twitter and Facebook to ask about the source of the foul smell.
Cheltenham Borough Council even sent an investigation team out to find the cause of the problem.
And now the cause of the stench is clear - manure was being spread in fields in Up Hatherley.
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Gareth Jones, senior environmental health officer for the council, said: “We have been out to investigate the source of Thursday’s smell and believe that it came from piles of muck that have been moved around, ready for spreading over nearby fields in the next few weeks.
“This is a normal, legal activity that is necessary to fertilise farmland after crop harvesting at this time of year, and fortunately the wet weather on Friday helped to get rid of the smell.”
Oli Fell, 16, from Charlton Kings, was walking towards Morrisons in Cheltenham when he noticed the smell.
The St Edward’s Senior School pupil said: “I thought I had stepped in something and checked my shoes, and other people were doing the same.
“There was nothing there and the smell was getting stronger as I headed towards Waitrose and further towards town.
“I got some momentary fresh air inside Waitrose but I walked back out and the smell was still there. It’s a smell that I’ve smelt before in Cheltenham and after realising it wasn’t me, I just assumed it was the drains or manure.
“It wasn’t nice to smell, but thankfully I think it’s gone now. It is never nice to smell something like that in Cheltenham, but it is understandable considering there’s a large mass of farmlands and countryside.
Commenting on gloucestershireecho.co.uk, one reader wrote: “Hatherley was affected also in the evening - opened the back door because the house was smelling inside only to be hit by the most intense vile smell!”