A smell so bad it can be tasted

On bad days we cannot enjoy our yard and the putrid rotting smell is so strong it can be tasted

I would like to respond to the June 12 letter from Christine Duffield: Food waste change is happening, like it or not.

We are one of the residents who are complaining about the unbelievably disgusting smell that wafts up the hill and into our neighbourhood several days a week.

I invite Ms. Duffield to come and sit at our back yard patio on one of those days and hear if she still thinks it is merely a farm smell. On bad days we cannot enjoy our yard and the putrid rotting smell is so strong it can be tasted.

I am very incensed at being written off as a complainer by someone as smug as Ms. Duffield seems to be.

I’m sure there are lots of areas of Central Saanich that are not bothered by the smell or the noise but here on Tanner Ridge we certainly get the worst of the offensive odour.

The people further down the hill who are bothered by the noise have my sympathy as well. We all live in this lovely rural area and never expected to be practically driven out by one composting business that seems to be running amuck.

There are other farms all around us with regular farm aromas that pose no problem at all.

We have no objection to simple non-commercial composting as many private individuals and farms do, but there must be a way to accomplish large scale composting so that it doesn’t destroy whole neighbourhoods’ quality of life.

Diane Taylor

Central Saanich