Dozens of fish have died at a popular angling pool – after this summer’s heatwave decimated water levels.
Residents have reported seeing up to 60 dead fish at Corkie’s Pool which was once popular with anglers for its bream, carp, tench and roach.
But there is no angling club at the Fenton beauty spot anymore.
Now residents are calling for water levels to be topped up at the pool.
But that has been ruled out by Stoke-on-Trent City Council which is hoping water levels will be topped up by rain.
Councillor Anthony Munday, cabinet member for leisure, said: “This year has seen the driest start to summer in modern records and, as a result, a number of open waters in the city have dropped to low levels.
“We appreciate the level of concern from the community over the situation at Corkie’s Pool and we have consulted with the Environment Agency to see what we might be able to do.
“They have informed us that water cannot be drawn from other natural pools or water courses, nor do they feel using mains water is an acceptable solution. The only other option is using a borehole and slowly refilling the pool, but this is not a practical proposal and, when it rains, it is possible the problem will be resolved as naturally as it was caused.
“Oxygen levels in the pool have been tested and are at a healthy level and we have searched through the shallow part and found no further fish. We will continue to monitor the water and oxygen levels closely. If they become too low we will consider relocating the fish with the Environment Agency.”
Visitors are sad that anglers are no longer using the pool.
Brenda Edwards, aged 78, of Vivian Road, Fenton, said: “There used to be a lot of fishermen who would park on the road and go and fish but we don’t see very many now.”
Neighbour Elaine Berndt, aged 55, said: “It is such a small pool that when it is so hot it does dry out. They do still fish, but we don’t see very many now.”
Ron Bates, aged 66, of Fenton, said: “The only time it got really low was in 1976, when they were pumping water out of it for the gardens. That’s the only other time I have seen it like that. Back then they were walking through it with bags of fish.”