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MP demands investigation into sewage smell in Rainham and south Hornchurch

Jon Cruddas has received several complaints about the smell from residents 

Residents have complained about a strong smell of sewage in Rainham and south Hornchurch.

People living in new housing developments south of New Road said the foul odour has become worse due to the recent hot weather. 

They told local MP Jon Cruddas it has prevented them from opening their windows and using their gardens. 

Mr Cruddas, who represents Dagenham and Rainham, is calling on Havering Council to investigate the issue. 

“I have contacted Havering Environment Services to urge them to investigate the cause and ensure that actions are put in place to stop the problem,” he said. 

“This also brings into question the development problems in this area.

“There needs to be proper attention before house building programmes are allowed to go ahead to make sure all forms of infrastructure are in place so that the homes and communities that are created will be sustainable and promote wellbeing.” 

According to data from The Rivers Trust one storm sewer spilled waste into the River Ingrebourne 113 times for a total of 2143 hours in 2020 alone. 

A Havering Council spokesperson said: “Our Environmental Health Team have received a report and are working with the Environment Agency and Thames Water to investigate the cause of the foul odour.

“Once the source of the smell has been identified, we’ll work with the agencies responsible to help them solve the issue quickly.”

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