A POOL of sewage has been festering on a Huddersfield street for three months.
Concerned mum Charlene Wigley has repeatedly asked Kirklees Council to deal with the foul-smelling waste, which is just yards from where children play.
The 24-year-old lives next to the blocked drain at Juniper Grove Mews in Netherton.
She said: “The way the council has treated us is disgusting.
“There are kids playing next to the puddle, their footballs go into it.
“They ride their bikes through it because they don’t know what it is.”
Mrs Wigley added that the smell of the sewage was overwhelming.
She said: “The puddle would fill a medium-sized paddling pool. People can’t park their cars over it.
“It smells absolutely foul. I can’t open my kitchen window when I’m cooking because the smell comes through.”
Mrs Wigley contacted Kirklees when she first saw the puddle three months ago.
She said: “The Highways department came out three weeks ago and had a look at it and said it’s nothing to do with them, it was Yorkshire Water’s drain.
“But Yorkshire Water said it was nothing to do with them. No-one wants to take any responsibility.
“Last week a man came from Highways and checked all the drains in the street except that one – he probably didn’t realise it was there under the puddle.”
Mrs Wigley tries to keep her children Olivia, three, and one-year-old Archie away from the sewage.
She said: “When we go out to the car Olivia runs straight for the puddle because she thinks it’s water.
“I struggle to get them to the car without them playing in the mess.
“I’m worried about my kids. They might fall in the puddle one day. What would happen to them? Would they get really poorly?”
A Kirklees spokesman said yesterday: “The council carried out a visit to the house last week and found that a private sewer servicing a number of properties had become blocked.
“It will be cleared as soon as possible.”