Leeds park pollution creates a stink

ANGER: Coun Stewart Golton at the polluted park.
ANGER: Coun Stewart Golton at the polluted park.
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Yorkshire Water’s attempts to clean up a contaminated beck have backfired and led to raw sewage leaking into a park, it has been claimed.

Residents and local councillors say that Springhead Park in Oulton is now a health hazard. Yorkshire Water laid straw bales in the park to stop polluted water flowing into Oulton Beck, but it appears that instead of fixing the problem, it has led to flooding onto paths and open spaces of the popular park.

Rothwell Lib Dem councillor Stewart Golton has criticised the body for putting the health of local people at risk.

He said: “Yorkshire Water’s attempts to fix this problem have been completely counterproductive. They need to stop contaminated water from reaching the beck but it’s totally unacceptable to flood paths and grassed areas with raw sewage and only makes the health risk worse.

“They need to find the source of the contamination as soon as possible and in the meantime find a way to protect the beck that doesn’t involve flooding the park with contaminated water.”

The problem has come about due to foul water flowing into a surface water sewer which leads into Oulton Beck. The source of the pollution isn’t known and whilst Yorkshire Water attempt to locate it they have placed bales in the park to soak up the contaminated water.

Paul Carter of Yorkshire Water said: “We apologise for any inconvenience caused by flooding on footpaths in Springhead Park, Oulton. The hay bales were put in place as a temporary measure to prevent pollution of the stream from private connection that had been wrongly connected to our sewer in the area.

“Our network technicians have been working hard to ensure that the misconnection is resolved.”