A FOUL smell emitting from a construction site in Swadlincote where a £20 million golf course is currently being built has drawn complaints from people living nearby.
Neighbours close to the site, off William Nadin Way, have been forced to slam windows shut, with the smell, caused by stock-piled fertiliser, lingering over the area in recent weeks.
Bosses at the site said conditions had to been too wet, following substantial rainfall during the last month, to spread the fertiliser over the ground.
But due to the number of complaints the smell had attracted, the material has now been covered with compost in a bid to quell the stench.
It comes as chiefs revealed the 160-acre course should be complete by the end of the year, after being hit by a string of delays.
Janice Pallett, chairman of Castle Gresley Parish Council, said she knew of many people in the area who had been affected by the foul smell.
She said: “There has been a horrible smell for more than a week now.
“I know a lady who lives in Newhall who has had to shut her windows as the smell is as bad there.”
A statement from South Derbyshire District Council’s environmental health department said: “Due to the rain over recent weeks the ground has been too wet for the contractors to spread the material, instead they have been in a process of stock-piling the approved materials. This may have caused a minor odour nuisance but now the material is covered with compost which should prevent any odour leakage.
“The contractors charged with fertilising the ground will return to site in nine to 10 weeks to complete the second and final phase of this task.
“During this phase we will be continuously working with the contractor to ensure all measures are implemented to control the odour from the site.
Meanwhile, South Derbyshire District Council chief executive Frank McArdle told members at the authority’s latest meeting that the course ‘should be up and running’ by the end of the year.