Can you help council find source of mystery smell in Leighton Buzzard eight months on?

Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) is appealing for residents to get in touch and help it solve reports of an ongoing mystery smell in Leighton Buzzard.

By Jo Robinson
Tuesday, 24th May 2022, 5:18 pm

The odour was first reported in September 2021 when residents noticed a 'chemical' whiff around the bridge at the bottom of Parson's Close Recreation Ground and its surrounding area, including town centre.

However, eight months on and different smells have also been described around Leighton-Linslade and CBC is appealing for specific details of the times and exact locations of both the 'chemical' and other smells.

One reader in a tweet to the LBO, claimed: "Think that smell is back again. Smells like diesel fumes around Brooklands Drive / South Street."

Leighton Buzzard town centre. Photo: Jane Russell.

Another wrote to the LBO to say: "I was just wondering if there has been any update on the investigation into the chemical smell first reported in the LBO in October. The smell is still very much there."

Fingers were initially pointed at a local factory, but this has since been dismissed.

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A CBC spokeswoman said: "Our pollution team has visited Leighton Buzzard regularly, following reports from residents, to try and figure out where the smell is coming from.

"We have received reports from residents across different parts of Leighton Buzzard, each saying it smells differently e.g. diesel, burning plastic, or something chemical.

"Due to each report coming from a different location and each person having witnessed a different smell and at different times of the day or night, our officers are still trying to track down the source.

"If residents or businesses can provide further details to assist us in our investigation please email [email protected].”

Have you noticed a strange smell in your part of town? Send details to the LBO too by emailing [email protected]