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Urine Stench Not Giving A Good Impression, Says Pensioner

Friday November 29 2013

Barnsley Interchange Barnsley Interchange

A PENSIONER says something must be done about the stench of urine emanating from a private car park close to the bus station.

Michael Scott, 67, says he only walked past the entrance to the car park, off Midland Street at the back of the shops on Eldon Street, when the smell hit him.

Mr Scott, of Shelley Drive, Monk Bretton, wants action to get rid of the smell because he's worried it's one of the first things to greet visitors leaving the lower entrance of Barnsley Interchange to go into town.

Mr Scott said it doesn't give a good impression of the town, particularly at a time when Barnsley is trying to attract more shoppers into the centre.

Mr Scott said: "I was walking along and going up the street and I saw an old friend of mine near the car park and stopped to talk to him. We couldn't catch our breath.

"The smell of urine was overwhelming and I could have collapsed with the smell of it. It was disgusting.

"Some pressure needs putting on the council to do something about it.

"I've suggested get some temporary toilet blocks in there or putting a police officer there.

"We want people to come in to Barnsley but if they get off the trains and buses and walk into town this way, they're greeted with this stench.

"I've been in touch with the council and they've said environmental services know about it and it's an ongoing problem."

Cllr Roy Miller, cabinet spokesman, thanked Mr Scott for bringing the matter to the council's attention.

"The car park in question is private land and not under the control of the council," he said.

"However, we're working with colleagues in enforcement to have the area cleaned and secured by the landlord responsible."