AN INVESTIGATION is being carried out after reports were made of a strong unpleasant smell in parts of Fife over the Easter weekend.
The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) received several complaints and is investigating the cause of an odour reported in the Cardenden and Lochgelly area on Sunday, April 8, which has allegedly been around for the past few weeks.
Gayle Howard, media officer at SEPA confirmed that complaints had been made and that an investigation was underway.
She said: “The Scottish Environment Protection Agency received a number of complaints about odours in the Lochgelly area at the end of last week.
“On investigating, our officer found that the odours were a result of limed distillery cake being spread on fields.
“The spreading has now been completed and, where possible, the distillery cake has already been ploughed in.
“Some is still lying on grass fields, but SEPA will be liaising with the contractor with a view to getting the remaining material ploughed in as soon as possible.
“The wind direction over the last couple of days has caused the odour to travel further than normally expected, and closer to Lochgelly town centre.”
Fife Council said that it is not uncommon at this time of year for there to be strong odours from farming practices and that in Tayport the report of an unpleasant smell had also been received recently.
The Council said that the matter in Cardenden and Lochgelly had not been raised as a complaint within their environmental department.
However, a similar issue had been reported a few weeks ago.
A spokesman for Fife Council said: “There was a similar incident reported in Dunfermline four weeks ago, where a ‘farmers muck smell’ could be detected in the area.”
SEPA is the organisation responsible for regulating pollution and says that the problem of odour is one of the most difficult areas of their work due to the subjective nature of offense, as some people are more sensitive to it than others.