Milton and the other communities surrounding the Cambridge sewage works have been suffering from a significant increase in the smell of the last couple of years. Your local councillors have been talking to Anglian Water about this for some considerable time now but despite various measures being implemented by the company things didn't seem to be getting any better and South Cambridgeshire District Council finally took legal action against Anglian Water. This seemed to encourage them into action, as this article explains.
However we still need to monitor the situation and if you notice the smell then you can help to maintain the pressure on Anglian Water (which we still need to continue to do, despite SCDC's actions) by complaining to Anglian Water if there are problems.
Initial contact should be made to their regional call centre which will then ensure that the complaint is logged, a report is sent to the Cambridge Sewage Works and you will be then be contacted if that is your request. You can do this in the following ways:
Write to Anglian Water, Customer Services, PO Box 46, Spalding, Lincolnshire. PE11 1DB
You will be asked to press 9 on your keypad or wait for an operator.
Then you will be given 4 options - choose number 1 "about water, sewers and
After a tele-message advise the operator that you wish to make a complaint
about the smell from the Cambridge Sewage Works (if you refer to it as the "Milton" Sewage Works they won't know what you're talking about).
You should advise the operator of your name, address and contact telephone number and when the foul odour occurred, giving the date, time and duration if possible.
If you wish to be kept informed about the action taken regarding your complaint it is important that you advise the operator that you want to be
called back by Cambridge Sewage Works.
Anglian Water will respond within 10 working days of receiving your letter
Complaint made in this way will help Anglian Water to take effective action
with regards to your complaint and also build up a picture of any complaints, problems or trends.
These smell complaints will be logged and discussed at the Local Liaison
Committee Meetings which include Anglian Water Officers, Local, District
and County Councillors along with Environmental Health Officers from both
Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire District Council.