A COUPLE claim they are unable to sell their home because of the stench from across the road.
David Bingley, 64, and wife Jennifer, 60, lived happily in their detached bungalow at Cow Lane, Copley, for 10 years.
But four years ago Yorkshire Water moved part of its sewage plant from West Vale to Wakefield Road – directly opposite.
The resulting smell has become unbearable, especially in summer, when south-westerly winds carry odours directly to their property.
Mr Bingley said the £210,000 asking price had been dropped to £150,000 and there had been interest – until prospective buyers were put off by he stink.
He now says Yorkshire Water should act honourably and buy the bungalow.
Mr Binkley, a maintenance man, said: “We have learned to live with it but it becomes important when you come to sell your house.”
He said if the bungalow was 100 yards away it would make a huge difference and two neighbouring semi-detached properties didn’t have the same problem.
“They moved part of the plant from three-quarters-of-a-mile away where there were no houses to here and for that reason we are unable to move,” he said.
Mr Bingley said the problem had ruined the couple’s plans as they wanted to retire and go travelling.
He said meetings with Yorkshire Water had failed to secure a lasting solution and it should “do the right thing” and buy the house.
“They offered us some money when the smell ruined a summer barbecue and they came to see us in July and said they would make sure the door to the plant was closed,” he said.
“It has got better since then in that the stench doesn’t happen as often but it still doesn’t help sell the house.”
Yorkshire Water said the company had been in contact with Mr Bingley on a number of occasions.
“While we recognise this site has suffered from odour issues in the past, in recent years we’ve worked hard and invested significantly at the plant to successfully reduce these.
“The very nature of the site means here will always be some odour.
“However, we want to be a good neighbour, and to ensure odours remain within guidelines, we monitor levels daily, with any infrequent issues immediately acted on.”