MORE investigations are to be made into "The Oakes stink".
And that’s welcome news for neighbours who have been living with the foul smell for over two years.
Robert Jarvis, whose house on New Hey Road is one of the worst hit, said homes and businesses within a mile radius have complained of nasty odours akin to raw sewage.
There have been concerns the pong is coming from drains linked to the Newsholme Food Group meat factory on New Hey Road but tests have proved inconclusive.
And the problem of the stench still hasn’t been solved despite complaints to Kirklees Council’s Environmental Services department, Yorkshire Water, and factory owners.
Mr Jarvis said: "Currently Yorkshire Water are trying to solve the problem by blocking up my coal chute which will hopefully stop the smell coming into my house.
"But it won’t stop the smell to my neighbours’ houses because it is coming from their drains.
"It’s getting to the point where I’m prepared to pay for the whole path to be excavated myself to find out where it’s coming from."
Mr Jarvis, a guitar teacher, said he’s embarrassed when students come to his house for lessons.
The 44-year-old said: "Once it was so strong that one of the students nearly threw up.
"And they are only here for an hour – I’ve got to be here all day and night.
"It just goes on and on and on and I can’t get away from it."
Mr Jarvis said he wants someone to take responsibility for getting rid of the foul odour.
He said: "I’m not usually a complainer. I don’t want anyone blamed in this – I just want the smell to go away.
"Would you like to smell sewage in your home? I think it’s disgusting that they are allowing it to happen and I think they could do more to stop it."
Yorkshire Water, which owns the sewer system under the road, claims it still doesn’t know where the source of the putrid smell is coming from.
The company installed odour loggers in the sewers to try to measure where the smells were coming from but found nothing.
Now it has enlisted the help of an independent survey company in the hope it will discover the source of the pong.
A spokesman told the Examiner: "Over the last few months we have been working with an independent survey company measuring odours from a logger fitted at the factory and then a further logger in a manhole outside the Bay Horse Pub.
"We are just awaiting the results of these surveys and then we will look at the next steps that need to be taken to try and eliminate these odours.
"We know that this is taking time, but until we understand the source of these odours we cannot plan the next steps that need to be taken.
"We understand that any odour problem is not pleasant for customers and we are doing all we can to understand where this particular problem is coming from."
A spokesman for Kirklees Council said council officers have worked closely with Yorkshire Water and Newsholme Food Group to investigate complaints of odour in properties in the Oakes area.
He said: "Officers have visited the area on numerous occasions in response to requests for service from members of the public in order to help identify the source of the odour.
"Unfortunately the council has no legal powers to deal with the odours as they originate in the sewer. However we will continue to work with Yorkshire Water and local residents to try and ensure compliance."