A vicar is kicking-up a stink after a ‘foul and nauseous stench’ has continued to blight the lives of people in his parish.
Vicar of Wales Reverend Gary Schofield said he fears for the health of residents in Wales, Kiveton and Harthill, owing to the ‘rotten meat’ odour.
He said the smell makes people physically sick and has intensified symptoms for those suffering serious illness.
Rev Schofield said: “It’s more than a smell. It infiltrates everything – you can taste it. When you breathe in the stench it gets on your lungs, makes you cough and splutter.”
He added: “It’s ten-out-of-ten bad, the smell’s just so overpowering. People can’t live like this any longer.”
Rev Schofield said he believes the smell is coming from a factory in the area, which deals in pig slurry.
Josh Tinsley, officer at the Environment Agency, said: “The Environment Agency is working with North East Derbyshire District Council Environmental Health Service to investigate odour issues at Norwood Cottage Farm, Killamarsh, following reports from the public.
“Our officers have visited the site and identified two possible sources of odour pollution, which is causing a significant nuisance to local residents. The most recent odours are likely to be coming from the animal rendering process carried out on site.”