‘Rotten’ odour leaves local businesses kicking up a stink in Enniskillen

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SMELL… A drain in Enniskillen that is causing problems or local businesses

A NUMBER of local businesses in Enniskillen are suffering due to a ‘rotten smell’ coming from a blocked storm drain.

Around four or five months ago an unpleasant odour began to emanate from a drain in the Nugent’s Entry area of Enniskillen almost ‘out of the blue’ according to Laura Carrigan, proprietor of ‘Turning Heads’ hair studio.


“I literally can’t open my front door because the smell is really, really bad. Clients are complaining about it. They’re sitting in the salon and are saying ‘what’s that smell?’, I can’t leave my front door open, which is difficult especially in the good weather.”

Laura told the Herald how she has taken steps to get rid of the problem, but still the troublesome odour remains.

“I bought air fresheners and everything, but it doesn’t make any difference, it is still rotten.

“I have even tried pouring bleach down it, but it doesn’t take the smell away.”

She continued: “I rang the council numerous times and they have been saying ‘we will send someone out and unblock it’, but it is still blocked, the whole place is messed up.

“It is bad for us to be inhaling that, it can’t be good for you at all.”

‘Turning Heads’ is not the only business that has been adversely affected by the smell as customers and staff at the adjacent Corner Bar and those at the Ladbrokes bookmakers and ‘Body and Soul’ beauty clinic have also been affected.


Margaret Reihill from Body and Soul confirmed the presence of an ‘unpleasant’ smell in the area.

The Herald contacted Fermanagh District Council regarding the complaint who in response explained that this was not a matter that they directly dealt with.

A spokesman however, confirmed that it had reported the problem to Northern Ireland Water and that hopefully it would be resolved in the near future.

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