Methil Ming claim hooks in anglers

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A REPORT into the source of the notorious Methil Ming is throwing up even more of a stink in the community.

Professor Robert Jackson, who was hired by Scottish Water to investigate the issue, believes the foul smell originates not just from Levenmouth’s sewage plant but also drains and the River Leven.

Residents criticised his findings last week, branding them “codswallop”.

And now the River Leven Angling Club has entered the fray.

Spokesman Peter Mason said: “I beg to differ.

“We took on the river two years ago and had a big clean-up with the help of Fife Council, air cadets and local people, as well as MyBUS, and the river is the cleanest it has been in a long time.

“It is still maintained today and we keep in close contact with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), as they will verify.”

Residents who spoke to the Mail believe the area suffered no putrid smells prior to the construction of Levenmouth Waste Water Treatment Works.

Mr Mason commented: “I have also been talking to people who have lived in the area for years and they all say it has never smelt like this - the only thing you could smell was the sea as you got close to Leven.

“If Professor Robert Jackson wants to meet and walk along the river, my colleague and I would only be too pleased to do so.

“I think they are trying to pass the buck and blame something else.”

Meanwhile, Scottish Water has teamed up with Fife Council and SEPA to identify and address all the odour sources.

Regional community manager for Fife, Anne Marie Dewar said: “I would encourage Scottish Water customers to continue reporting such issues to our customer helpline 0845 601855, where our operatives will record details, allowing us to take immediate action.”