Sewage overflow blights Penrith park

Date: Friday 12th January 2018

RAW sewage has bubbled up out of the drains in a public park in Penrith, prompting fresh concerns for children and pet dogs.

Heavy rain on Thursday, 4th January, caused the drains to overflow again at Wetheriggs Country Park, between Kemplay roundabout and Skirsgill. Eden District Council environmental health officers cordoned off two entrances and erected signs warning the public.

But residents said the signage needed to provide an explicit warning that the water could be contaminated. Robert Crawford, aged 68, of Pearson Court, walks his dog there every day and suggested the signs should read “danger — raw sewage” instead of “men at work”.

Speaking about the drainage problem which has repeatedly led to sewage overspills, he said: “It needs millions spending on it. It is frustrating because no-one does anything but pass the buck.”

United Utilities says there is “no quick fix” and to solve the problem would require a costly “engineering solution”.

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