HUNDREDS of people are objecting to plans to move a sewage works as part of a scheme to develop 400 new houses on a former brickworks.
The current works at Deepcar are set to be moved as part of the Bloor Homes scheme.
The house builder and Yorkshire Water are proposing to move the plant to the More Hall Fisheries Site, near Wharncliffe Side.
But a petition has been launched in the village opposing the plans, with copies in the Wharncliffe Side Post Office, The Blue Ball Inn and The Wharncliffe Arms.
Petitioners have also set up a website – www.saynotosewage.co.uk.
A spokesman said: “There will be an estimated 2.5 billion litres of sewage expected at the works per year. Yorkshire Water is saying there will be no smell but people fear they will open their windows and get a great big breath of fresh sewage.
“Yorkshire Water already have planning permission to build the works on the old More Hall tip, which would be well out of the way of any dwellings.”
Stocksbridge Town Coun Jack Clarkson said: “However high-tech the sewage works is, there’s not much that can be done to prevent some sort of smell.
“I can understand why people are hot under the collar.”
Bloor Homes said the new sewage works were ‘unlikely to contribute significant pollution or detriment to amenity’ of residents.
Sheffield Council has not yet set a date to discuss the scheme.