A BUSINESSMAN says his hopes of setting up a successful fishery have been dashed by a leaking sewage system.
Tony Devine bought an area of land in Bamford Crescent, Accrington, four years ago in the hope of setting up a caravan site with two lakes for anglers to use.
But he claims his business has been badly affected by a nearby leaking sewer pipe, which floods his land whenever it rains heavily.
The 29-year-old, of Clough Bottom Farm, Accrington, told the Observer: "The sewer runs nearby and when it rains human excrement and toilet paper floods onto my land.
"I have told United Utilities about it and they have told me they don't know when they can fix it. The problem is if excrement gets in the lakes it will kill the fish.
"I have spent a lot of money on this project and now I don't know what to do. My business partner has recently pulled out and I may consider selling the land."
He added that an area of pipe on his land had become weakened by pressure from the roots of trees growing around it.
But a spokesman for United Utilities said: "In 2002 there was an exceptional amount of rainfall, which flooded the area and caused the sewer to discharge some waste.
"However, the sewer pipes do not need repairing because the problem was with the amount of rain which fell, not with the sewers.
"Although there are roots going through the sewer, this is not connected to the pipe which flooded two years ago and should not cause flooding problems."