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This is a follow up request to the following https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s...
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Please supply me with the NIRS forms you hold about the following incidents at this location Smethwick Hall Park, Smethwick, West midlands.

Notification # Notification Date
401674 24/05/2006 11:36
1085293 10/02/2013 14:31
1413658 24/02/2016 14:58
399837 17/05/2006 09:42
1672260 06/01/2019 14:43

Also the NIRS report follow up to 01696951 which is numbered 01705882.
As I believe that I was the reporter for most or all of these incidents, IAN CARROLL, please only redact the contactor's name where I was not.

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Mr Carroll left an annotation ()

There are serious pollution issues at this pool at present and proven sewage has gone into the pool, which are linked to bird deaths at the site. The following details as revealed in this supplied information demonstrates that this has been occurring for many years, in particular from Severn Trent Water's apparatus.

00399837 17/5/2006
“Caller reporting oil on the pond… there have been dead geese there and also dead fish recently.”

“Smethwick hall park is quite heavily polluted by wrong connections and is also covered with litter to the extent that litter is the favoured nesting material for coots, no dead birds seen at time of visit, but seven were seen during a second visit a week later”

This connects to following incident
00401674 24/5/2006
"Report of four dead ducks & a misconnection to the pool Off Londonderry lane." "Pool is grey/blue with misconnections smell. Six dead ducks." Severn Trent and Defra were informed.

01672260 0601/2019

“08/01/2019 S.Roe rang STWL for an update. Informed that a crew attended and a strong sewage odour was observed. Ammonia readings at the weir were 3.7 and 4.5 at end of lake.”

“multiple misconnections”

The ammonia readings relate to parts per million, with anything above 1 giving the EA cause for concern.