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Diesel contamination in Shipley Park Pond

Published: 25 September 2019

Visitors enjoying Shipley Country Park are being urged to avoid ponds and streams in the area following a diesel spillage.


The leak happened when a diesel tank on a nearby building site was vandalised yesterday (Tuesday, 24 September 2019) and the fuel drained into a culvert and ran into Osborne’s Pond in our park.

Park rangers contacted The Environment Agency – the national agency responsible for dealing with polluted watercourses – which has installed a boom and absorbent mats in the pond to help contain the leak.

While the park remains open and safe to use, visitors are being warned to keep themselves and their dogs out of water in the park.

Councillor Simon Spencer, our Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, said:

“This incident is extremely upsetting for visitors and staff.

“We’ll continue to take advice from the Environment Agency about the steps needed to decontaminate the water and limit any damage.

“While the advice is to stay away from the water, the park is still safe to use and we’re pleased people are continuing to visit and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.”