Small flies have tormented a neighbourhood for years, with swarms of the insects infesting people’s houses and kitchens.
Huge clouds of flies looking “like murmurations of swallows” have blighted parts of the Riding Estate in Uckfield much to the despair of residents.
A group of neighbours are now renewing their campaign for the flies, linked to a nearby Southern Water treatment plant, to be eradicated as hundreds more homes are set to be built nearby.
A Southern Water spokesman maintained that the flies were “harmless” and that they are “just in their natural habitat” but that the company is doing “everything that we can” to control the problem.
Terry Kingshott, who lives in Forge’s Rise, said: “You can’t do anything outside, you can’t have the windows open because they just come in."
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