Oxford: Concerns raised over ‘gas’ smell in Blackbird Leys

The smell near Spindleberryy Nature Park has been described as a “mixture of gas and chemical” and was first noticed yesterday afternoon (Tuesday, May 4) and has continued into today (Wednesday, May 5).

Gas distribution company SGN were called to the area after reports of what they called an “environmental smell”.

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The gas company confirmed that there have been no leaks from their gas network related to the smell.

Bradley Barlow, spokesperson for gas distribution company SGN said: “We attended the Blackbird Leys area of Oxford following reports of an environmental smell.

“Following investigation, we have found no leaks from our gas network related to the smell.”

Resident, Samantha Cornett has told the Oxford Mail she was informed the smell was coming from tarmac works at the Kassam Stadium and the nearby Thames Wate sewage treatment centre.

She said: “I had a man from the gas company come round yesterday evening to check the house just in case.

“He said it is were they are using tar at the Kassam Stadium and the Thames water plant mixed together I could smell the tar as I live close.

“But that’s not what I could smell around the area, it was a mixture of gas and chemical smell, never smelt like that here before.”

Thames Water confirmed that they have not received any reports from customers or other utility companies about an issue in this area.

Oxford United said they would not comment on this incident when approached.

There are currently works being completed on Spindlebury Close by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks, who have been contacted for a comment.

The Oxford Mail has also approached Oxfordshire County Council who declined to comment.

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