Water company pays £20,000 compensation to angling club over sewage leak

Yorkshire Water has paid an angling club £20,000 in compensation after a raw sewage spill killed nearly 1,000 fish at its fishing lake.

The compensation payout was made to the Walton Angling Club with help from lawyers Fish Legal after an ageing sewage pipe burst in Walton Colliery Nature Park.

The incident, which took place in October 2013, saw a rising main sewage pipe from Yorkshire Water’s Shay Lane pumping station burst, sending raw sewage into a beck that feeds a fishing lake in Walton Park and the Barnsley Canal.

Over the following days more than 860 dead fish were removed from the lake and the canal, which are stocked by the Walton Angling Club. This included species of roach, bream, tench, pike and carp.

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Yorkshire Water Services Ltd was fined £600,000 for breaching regulations 12(1)(b) and 38(1)(a) of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010, and was ordered to pay £24,000 in costs to the Environment Agency.

The angling club’s compensation was paid by Yorkshire Water before court proceedings were issued and the cheque was received in September this year, Fish Legal has confirmed. 

The burst main was replaced at a cost of around £1m to the company.

A Yorkshire Water spokesperson said that protecting the environment was a priority for the company and said it was “deeply sorry” about the incident.

Yorkshire Water was fined £600,000 from Leeds Crown Court in 2017, after it was found guilty of “reckless behaviour” after sewage leaked into the Dales Beck from a rusting sludge storage tank with holes emanating from the company’s Hinderwell wastewater treatment works


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