There appears to be a regular and consistent overflow of effluent into the Beane from the sewage pumping station opposite Walkern Mill.
This outflow has risen to alarming proportions over the recent period, with signs of 'residue scum' on the water surface. It is difficult to view the actual outflow, due to surrounding blackthorn bushes,
At the moment, the river flow is strong so the discharge is being rapidly diluted. However, at other times, when the flow is weak, this discharge makes a substantial contribution to the total flow. If the present discharge were to continue into the summer and the lower flows which are expected in the summer months, the river will take on the appearance of an open sewer.
The Environment Agency have been made aware of the situation and are currently investigating.