Water issues reported at Maun Valley Trail as path becomes boggy

Water issues have been reported at Maul Valley Trail, Old Mill Lane, causing the public bridleway to become boggy and give off ‘bad smells’.

Severn Trent Water made improvements to the grassland last year, however since then the residents have complained that the path has got worse.

Reader Paul Nightingale's dog was unable to access the Maul Valley Trail because of the severe mud that has developed.

Reader Paul Nightingale's dog was unable to access the Maul Valley Trail because of the severe mud that has developed.

Resident Paul Nightingale, who regularly walks down the path with his dog, reported the issue to Severn Trent Water himself.

He said: “I’ve known it be a little boggy since I moved to the area in 2012, but the footpath and river path were mostly dry especially in the summer and sandals weren’t an issue.

“Since Severn Trent’s improvements you do actually need welly boots to walk through it, which is not ideal in the current weather.

“The thing is, I’ve been receiving texts from Severn Trent about saving water during this hot weather.

“This is great but there appears to be a big leak of fresh running water, which is causing the boggy conditions.

“It smells pretty bad too plus there are small swarms of gnats/flies in the wetter parts.”

Severn Trent have been contacted about the issue, and improvements are due to be made.

A spokesperson said: “Our engineers on the ground are investigating this and we are working hard to get this resolved.”

No time frame has been given for when the issue will be resolved.