Rory Stewart MP has met with representatives from United Utilities and Eden District Council to explore solutions to the failing drainage system in Penrith’s Weatherigg’s Park, which has caused sewerage to be washed up onto pathways and grass verges throughout the park, during heavy downpours.

The park, which is located between Clifford Road and the A66, is well used by families, dog walkers, sports clubs and schools, and residents have raised concerns about the risks to public health and safety. Previous attempts have been made to fix the problem, without success, since stakeholders have not been able to agree on an appropriate, affordable solution.

However, following the most recent meeting with Rory Stewart, United Utilities have confirmed that they will be commissioning a report into the ongoing situation, and once that report is finalised it will be shared with Rory and Eden District Council for a strategy to be agreed, and any possible solutions will later explored with the local community.

Rory Stewart MP said: “I am grateful to the team from United Utilities, and Neil Buck from Eden District Council, for meeting with me to talk through the problem and agree a way forward. This is a public facility, and it must be safe and pleasant to use, and I am confident that we can work together to find a realistic, feasible, affordable solution.”

Image attached (Ian McCoy, UU Area Stakeholder Manager, Danisa Rama, UU Asset Manager, Rory Stewart MPNeil Buck, EDC Contracts Manager, Nick Walls, UU Wastewater Network Manager)

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