West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has secured meetings with directors at both United Utilities and the water regulator Ofwat to discuss residents’ concerns over the Parbold Pong.

Odour emissions form the Wigan Wastewater Treatment Works has again become a nuisance for local residents who have turned to MP Rosie for support.

United Utilities have assured Rosie that a range of work is being carried to try and resolve the situation, but residents are still frustrated at the lack of resolution of this long running issue.

UU have also agreed to meet with Rosie, Parbold Parish Council representatives and local residents on site to explain what action is being taken.

MP Rosie has now also secured a meeting with Ofwat officials who wish to further understand the problems so they can see how they can assist.

Rosie Cooper MP said:
“Residents continue to be angered and understandably so, having lost weeks and months of enjoyment using their gardens and accessing local amenities in the recent good weather, by being subjected to this foul odour which is totally unacceptable. It cannot go on!

“The Parish Council have done all they can and followed the formal channels meeting with and negotiating with United Utilities, but they feel that have just been abandoned by all the agencies in their quest for fresh, clean air.

“United Utilities have now agreed to meet with me along with Parbold Parish Council representatives and some local residents, where I will be pushing for a permanent fix to this problem.

“Having raised this issue with the Chief Executive of Ofwat, who regulate United Utilities, calling on them to use their influence to force UU to take urgent permanent remedial action, Ofwat have agreed to come meet with me to see how they can assist.

“I will keep pushing these agencies for a solution until residents are satisfied with the actions being taken.”

Mark Anderson, Ofwat’s Director of Corporate Communications agreed to meet MP Rosie “so that we might form a clearer picture of what your constituents are experiencing, and to see what, if anything, we can do to assist.”

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