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Rubery and South Birmingham residents want help solving the mysterious 'TCP' smell emanating from the areas

Tristan Harris 3rd Aug, 2018 Updated: 3rd Aug, 2018

RUBERY and South Birmingham residents are trying to track down the cause of a strange recurring smell emanating in the village.

People posting on the Rubery Community Group on Facebook have compared it to TCP and Pear’s Soap.

Among the roads where the aroma has been smelt have been Toll House Road, New Road, Callowbrook Lane, Beverley Road, Rea Avenue and Bristol Road South.

Other residents in Northfield, Longbridge and Turves Green have also reported similar stenches.

Some people have questioned whether it could be ‘sheep dip’ or electrical wires burning while another suggested it could be caused by work being carried out at the water works treatment plant.

Jane Winson said: “I smelt it in my garden one day and other group members have smelt it more often.”

A Worcestershire Regulatory Spokesperson said it had received no complaints on this matter and in order to investigate would need residents to provide more details of when and where this is happening.

Anyone wanting to report the incidents should call 01905 822799, email or fill out the contact form at

Severn Trent said it had received no complaints and there was no reason it could think of which would cause the aroma.

• WHAT do you think? Have you encountered the elusive ‘TCP’ smell? What do you think it is? Email your views to .

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