Anger over 'stinking seaweed' in Emsworth street

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Large piles of seaweed were washed up on streets at Chichester Harbour by Storm Eleanor

Piles of "stinking seaweed" from winter storms are being removed from the streets of a coastal town after residents claimed they had been left there for almost three weeks.

The seaweed washed onto King Street, Emsworth from Chichester Harbour.

Resident Brian Sims said it was a "disgrace" it was still there, despite him making eight calls to the council.

Havant Borough Council said its contractors did not have a record of any complaints to its hotline.

After being contacted by the BBC, a council spokesman said contactor Norse South East would be removing the seaweed.

Contractors began work to move it on Monday afternoon.

Image source, Brian Sims
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Contractors began moving the seaweed on Monday afternoon

The seaweed was washed ashore along with other debris during Storm Eleanor on 2 January.

Mr Sims said the smell was "very unpleasant".

"I have tried moving this health and safety hazard myself, but being in my 70s found it too much,"

"This stinking pile still blocks our road. It's frustrating and worrying - if an emergency vehicle had to come down here, and there are a lot of elderly people living on this street, it would battle to get through," he added.

Image source, Brian Sims
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Brian Sims said he made repeated calls to the council to have the seaweed removed

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