Bid to clean up raw sewage at beauty spot

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Calls for action over a beauty spot blighted by drainage problems could soon be answered.

Yorkshire Water has visited Sheffield’s Shirtcliffe Valley in a bid to fix the problem of raw sewage which has been spilling out over public footpaths in heavy rain.

It comes after Clive Betts, MP for Sheffield South East, urged the firm to resolve the issue.

Water workers met with conservationist group the Friends of Shirtcliffe Valley, who pointed out the areas where litter has been washed up in streams and brambles.

A spokesman for Yorkshire Water said: “The meeting was extremely positive.

“It gave us a chance to talk them through the steps we are going to take, to find a permanent solution to the problems in this area.

“We have agreed to keep in regular contact about any progress.”

Mr Betts said: “It is a move in the right direction from Yorkshire Water.

“But I, along with the Friends of Shirtcliffe Valley, want them to come up with proposals to resolve the pollution of the waterway.

“It’s a public health risk. The council and the Environment Agency need to be convinced.”