The stench of horse manure from a field in Feltham has got residents kicking up a stink.
Fed up of the bad smell, vermin and flies, people living in Beagle Close in Feltham, across from the field, have piled pressure on Hounslow council to get the landowner to clean up their act.
Claims have also been made of the manure pile, in a trailer on the land, reaching up to five feet high and the once beautiful fields have turned into an "eyesore".
Darren Robinson of Eagle Close said: “The main thing is the problem with value of properties, and because of the mess we are getting a lot of vermin, flies and mozzies [mosquitoes].
“We had a lovely view of the horses in the fields but now they have put a fence up – the state of the place is bad.”
A fence has since been erected around the privately owned land, preventing people from peering into the grounds. But this has not stopped the residents from being able to smell the manure mountain remains, and those in flats higher up can still see it.
getwestlondon has spoken to the landowner who says the trailer of manure is cleared on a regular basis and is confident the land is being managed correctly.
'I wouldn't be able to sell my flat now if I wanted to'
Another resident of Beagle Close, who wished to remain anonymous and lives on a higher floor flat, said: “We are looking out onto a dump.
“There is even horse poo on the path – it's horrendous, a complete eyesore.
“I have lived here for 14 years and it was beautiful, the fields were a selling a point. I wouldn't be able to sell my flat if I wanted to now.
“There are sofas, bikes and manure everywhere – it stinks! We just want them to tidy up.”
Hounslow council has confirmed there are a number of issues on the site and they are in contact with the landowner to resolve the problem.
'We are on the case'
Councillor Sue Sampson, cabinet member for community protection at Hounslow Council, said: “An initial site visit has been made to investigate the claims made by residents.
“Enforcement officers have concerns about a number of issues on the site and have contacted the landowner about these and will continue to speak to them.
“Local residents who have complained about odour and flies have been contacted by enforcement officers and can be assured we are on the case with this issue.”
Another concerned neighbour who wished to remain anonymous added: “The people have got their horses out and that's never been the issue – the issue we have is there is a trailer piled five feet high with horse manure, and the smell and the flies is horrible.
“They have had a fence put up but the flies and smell are still going to be there.
“There is a lack of respect – they need to clear up the manure.”