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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Mystery pong hangs over large parts of Carlisle

A nasty niff descended over Carlisle – and no-one is entirely sure what caused it.

The pervasive pong – detected in large swathes of the city yesterday had people across the area wrinkling their noses in disgust.

Various sources described the arresting aroma as having a distinctly strong “parmesan cheese” flavour. High blustery winds across the city in the afternoon led to speculation that it could be agricultural-related. Many farmers across the rural outskirts are in the pongy process of muck spreading. Perhaps the farmland smells were blown in on the high winds?

Reports came in from Denton Holme, Etterby, Kingstown and Scotland Road.

Experts at Carlisle City Council weren’t turning their noses up at the problem either.

They appealed for people to get in touch so they can endeavour to trace the source of the nasty nuisance.

A Carlisle City Council spokesperson said: “Our Environmental Health Service is aware of the smell affecting the city centre but so far have been unable to locate the source.

“The smell may have come from agricultural, waste or food sources but appears to be reducing in strength.

“Anybody with any information on where the smell may have originated can contact the city council on 01228 817559.”

Have your say

An aroma by definition is akin to nice smell of freshly roasted coffee beans such has undertaken for decades by Watts in Carlisle's Bank street. I've visited Wigton recently after an absence of many decades when I went on my rounds to the many Cumbrian Telephone Exchanges and the town which once had a most terrible horrid pong which by definition is not a pleasant aroma and honestly Wigton is a pleasant market town well worth a visit. Freshness of air is certainly confined to the Lakes towns, villages and hamlets, besides charming vicinities such as Crosby Ravonsworth. Why is'nt their not a smellograph to compare Cumbrian air quality (or Pong stats) in Carlisle and other locations... of what we breathe ?

Posted by royl on 21 August 2012 at 16:00

Am sure that the residents of Distington and Wigton will sympathise with you, they have an aroma quite regularly.

Posted by Jackie on 21 August 2012 at 12:08

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