Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Something In The Air?

Has anyone else noticed that strange slightly foul smell in the air around Worcester Park tonight? Perhaps it's just me.

UPDATE: Clearly it isn't just me (thanks for all your comments!). The smell of manure has also been reported in places as varied as Wimbledon, Earlsfield, Waterloo and most of Surrey. Very strange.

30 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

Anonymous said...

Im sorry......... what

Wispa said...

Not sure where you are located exactly WP, but there is a horrible smell of "farm" around The Manor Drive.
I have been unable to eat my dinner because of it, I thought I had trodden in something for a long time!
Reading this made me realise I was not crazy - just stuck my head out the front door and can smell it in the street.

Anonymous said...

Yes i've had my window open and thought the air and a scent of dog turd.

David said...

Yup, round Kingshill Avenue there are some very foul smells in the air!

Anonymous said...

Yes, smell also at the top end of Worcester Park - thought someone had been putting manure on their garden!

Anonymous said...

Yes, at top of Worcester Park, as far as HG Wells...nasty smell everywhere-

Anonymous said...

I blamed it on my husband until he said it's not him, So the dog got the blame instead. Whoops need to say sorry to the dog for putting him in the garden. Highdown worcester Park area

Anonymous said...

Could also smell it outside Royal Marsden Hospital at 5pm tonight

axlrocky said...

water main work going on? have they hit a sewer pipe?

Paul said...

Seems to be getting stronger by Nonsuch Park. Something must of gone wrong, or Hamptons have found a nasty patch from the previous owners...

kendo said...

Yup, wifey told me she could smell manure and I could smell it too (Ebbisham Road). Apparently the people 4 doors down have got a horse in their back garden (!!) so I thought it was that...guess not...

Old moldy said...

Nothing in old malden

Barbyk said...

Aliens ? with smelly bums :o)

Gordo's Neighbour said...

Thank you. I caught a strong whiff of it earlier today in our back garden, and thought the kids must have deposited something out there. Or then again, maybe one of the neighbours had been doing a little too much digging (in the Hamptons).

Anonymous said...

I too could smell it and must apologise to my boyfriend!
It's probably one of the diggers doing the water works all over the area that has dug through the wrong pipe!!!! If it is expect notices saying we need another batch of 6 months of roadworks in order this time to repair the sewers - nothing would surprise me!

Magic Dragon said...

Very pongy all around Cuddington Park last night. Thought either a keen gardener had been putting 'nutrients' on his flower beds my dog was being a bit windy!

Anonymous said...

Further to Kendo's post - is there really someone keeping a horse in their back garden? Is that allowed?

Anonymous said...

This is separate to the smell - well, sort of... It may provide inspiration for further comment on a local level (under a different section).

I want to pay my council tax monthly by cheque; at least I know exactly how much will leave my account. Sutton don't accept cheques, it seems. Cheques are legal tender.

They want us all to use direct debit and even have some prize draw for those who do! Isn't this a bit of a bully-boy tactic?

I want a bill sent every month, with the amount payable on an invoice slip - which I'd then post back with the cheque or pay at the bank. This is how I pay utility bills; Sutton reply by saying they're not a utility company.

I'm not blaming the staff at Sutton who answer the phones but rather the chiefs who make up these rules. Yes, Sutton are effectively trying to save money but where do we see proof of these savings? And just what do we get for our council tax?

I've given into the bullies and today set up a direct debit. I had a council tax direct debit set-up about 10 years ago, cancelled it and then paid a cheque for a year's council tax (pre-rule change on cheques), yet received a magistrates court order for non-payment. Isn't it any surprise that I'm wary of allowing Sutton free access to my account.

The following is hopefully useful for those who feel they are being treated unfairly regarding council tax banding (if their third bedroom is a cot room, for example).

It goes on square meterage, not the number of rooms. It appears the banding changes after 10 metres by six metres (but this would need double-checking - 020 8315 2800, administered in Bromley). My house: 10 metres by eight. It's no wonder I feel robbed.

The Dutchman said...

Wikipedia : "Legal Tender" : "Thus, personal cheques, credit cards, debit cards and similar non-cash methods of payment are not usually legal tender"

No-one HAS to take cheques, particularly with the withdrawal of cheque guarantee cards.

E T said...

we pay poll tax at post office with a card issued by sutton council as they got rid of the books this year pay by cash get a receipt for your dosh job done no direct debit for me so just pay it when i have the money not when they wanna take it off us!!

Anonymous said...

I'm trying to be helpful by providing a link to the following: http://www.voa.gov.uk/corporate/contact/london_south/bromleyOffice.html

Double-check you are in the correct band - it could save you a lot of money. After all, what exactly do we get for our council tax?

I've put in an appeal against our band E, in the hope we'll be re-classed as band D.

Please, no silly "get a life" comments. This site is useful for people working together for justice/a fairer society and one where Worcester Park gets more from Sutton council - if all that makes sense.

Oh, Sutton banding administered in Bromley. The woman I spoke to was helpful and pleasant but it was difficult to hear her (my fault).

axlrocky said...

they dont accept cheques because the bank charge 75p per cheque processed by the council and zero for direct debit. If you think about the amount of cheques plus the admin costs in chasing up lost/returned cheques the total cost is usually around 1.50+ to the council per cheque received.

I aint Sutton council's biggest fan but they are right on this one. I have always found their council tax department very helpful and props to the banding article poster, sounds like something worth checking out. (put a name on it next time so you can get some credit!

kendo said...

Anonymous - I didn't believe my neighbour about the horse until so heard it a couple of days ago. As to it being allowed...good question. Unless I hear that it's being abused (I've no reason to think it is) I'm not going to make any complaint, but it is a bit worrying that someone would keep one in their back garden (they are big gardens tho!)

Anna D said...

Just read this about the smell. We could smell it in Malden Manor on Sunday evening, 14th August, when we went out for a walk. Got to be something to do with the works going on. All I know, it was revolting.

sue said...

I have seen a pony/ horse at the back of Dorchester Park. Anyone know who it belongs to?

Anonymous said...

still stinking! what is it?

Anonymous said...

I saw that horse the other day - had to look twice to believe it! it was in the dog-free bit of Dorchester Park, well I supose it doesn't say horse-free does it!

oh and back to the original post, I could smell "Farm fresh country air" on the London Road on the way to Ewell yesterday

Anonymous said...

Seriously what is the stink in WP?
It's not me (even though I have been blamed)
Been around on and off for a few weeks. Maybe the old sewerage works
Are coming back to haunt us!!

Peoples Front of Buckland Way said...

I work in Chertsey and when I left the office yesterday, the smell was strong over there as well. It was also present when I got home. I'm getting paranoid and begining to think it's me....

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