A filthy stream which runs through Worden Park and near family homes in Leyland is like an ‘open sewer’.
Residents of Parkgate Drive have complained about Cricketers Brook for its foul smells and dirty water.
Now, it’s come to light the problems have been caused by faulty plumbing at properties in the area, and the Environment Agency, United Utilities and South Ribble Council are keen to find out who’s responsible.
One resident, who did not want to be named, said: “People have been reporting the issue for a few weeks because the brook is just like an open sewer now.
“There’s toilet waste and domestic water in there, and sometimes you can see sanitary products hanging from the shrubbery; it’s awful.
“The stench can get really bad, and it’s very polluted.”
He added: “It’s a worry because it also runs close to the play area and fields in Worden Park, and when the weather’s nice, children sometimes paddle in it.
“They could catch a stomach bug if they touch the water and then put their hands in their mouth later.”
Water from the drains in the street goes into the brook, but United Utilities has warned that raw sewage could also be getting into the stream.
A spokesman said: “The problem lies with houses in area that have appliances incorrectly plumbed.
“These ‘misconnections’ could mean wastewater from dishwashers, washing machines, sinks, baths and even toilets is flushed directly into the surface water drain.”
He added that other incidents of pollution in the region are being treated as a higher priority at this time, but South Ribble Council is calling on residents to come forward if they have had work done on their homes recently, in the hope of tackling the issue.
Coun Peter Mullineaux, Deputy Leader of the council, said: “The council is working hard to investigate the matter at Cricketers Brook, to take action and ensure it doesn’t happen again.
“In the meantime, we are taking steps to try to reduce the risk of any further pollution incidents. We have cleaned up the brook and we will be regularly monitoring it over the coming weeks.
“Worden Park is recognised as one of the country’s best green spaces, and we want to keep it that way.”
Call the council on 01772 625340 if you think work at your home could have contributed to the problem. You will not be penalised, provided any faulty work is rectified.