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Common Bank Lodge, Lancashire - Lodge Polluted with Sewage

Common Bank Lodge Sewage Pollution

Repeat polluter, United Utilities (UU), paid compensation to the Common Bank Angling Club following two separate incidents in March 2006 when raw sewage was allowed to spew out of a manhole cover, into a feeder stream leading to the nearby Common Bank Lodge.  

The two spillages were attributed to a failure at the poorly-maintained Lydd Grove Sewage Pumping Station in Chorley.  Damage to the lake was compounded by a simultaneous diesel spill, allegedly coming from a nearby hospital. Huge numbers of fish were killed - several hundred perch, roach, gudgeon, bream, carp and a few pike all perished - the majority dying slowly from lack of oxygen, with flocks of gulls visiting in the days that followed to pick off the dead fish floating on the surface.   

The Club were expecting a robust response from the Environment Agency but were surprised and disappointed at the Agency’s decision to merely send a warning letter to the utility company with no further legal action.  

When UU refused to settle without court action, Fish Legal (as the ACA) issued proceedings on behalf of the Common Bank Angling Club, based in Chorley in Lancashire. UU eventually agreed to pay £4,000 to compensate the club’s losses.

Contact: Fish Legal - Eastwood House | 6 Rainbow Street | Leominster | HR6 8DQ | Tel: 01568 620447

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