A grandmother is calling for something to be done to tackle the ‘overgrown mess’ and ‘black sludge’ in Market Rasen’s Mill Pond after it ruined a trip out with her grandson.
Carol Sims, from Gordon Field, took two-year-old grandson Harvey to see the ducks at the Mill Pond section of the River Rase in Caistor Road - but she says their trip out was ruined by the state of the area.
She said: “I went to have a look at the ducks with my little grandson and the whole area was overgrown and there was a black sludge.
“It wasn’t very nice. It looks an overgrown mess.
“It doesn’t look good, especially for people coming into the town.
“It could be a really nice area for children to visit. Something needs to be done.”
Environment Agency team leader Pete Haslock said individual landowners were responsible for the vegetation.
He said: “The land adjacent to Mill Pond belongs to local landowners, which means that we wouldn’t clear it of vegetation unless it was preventing us from accessing a flood defence or other asset.
“It’s up to the individual landowners to maintain their property, including where this borders on a river that we maintain.”
Mr Haslock confirmed the Environment Agency was aware of the ‘black sludge’.
He said the Agency believes the problem is due to misconnected drains, and is urging residents to check theirs at home.
He said: “We are aware that there are some misconnected drains in the area, meaning that household waste water – likely from washing machines and dishwashers – has been discharging into this part of the River Rase.
“The discharge is flowing out through a Highways drain, and despite thorough investigations with the local authority and Anglian Water, we have been unable to locate the misconnection.
“While the discharge is having a minimal impact on the river, we’re supporting the highways team as they continue to investigate the location of the misconnection.
“In the meantime, residents and businesses in the area can help us address the problem and improve the condition of Mill Pond by inspecting their drains and ensuring these connect to the proper drainage systems.”