Fishermen have been left angry and disappointed after the council refused to remove dead fish from the side of a popular fishing lake.
Over the weekend carp have been found floating dead in Stanley Park fishing lake in Anfield.
Fishermen have been removing them from the water, to avoid more fish dying, but they say the council and Environment Agency say nothing can be done until the Bank Holiday Weekend is over.
Shocking pictures show the state the lake has been left in, with fisherman saying it’s a serious hazard.
Regular Angler Peter Roberts is one of those who has been removing the dead fish from the lake.
He said: “At least 20 fish have popped up dead in the last week, a few of the lads have had to get in there and fish them out, because the Council and the EA won’t do it.
“Everyone has reported it to them and the council have said we won’t be able to do it until after the Bank Holiday.
“But we need something doing now, those fish are covered in maggots.”
Another fisherman said: “We phoned up about the problem on Saturday morning and reported it, but the council and Environment Agency say they can’t do anything because of the Bank Holiday.
“We don’t know why the carp are dying, there seems to be plenty of oxygen in the water, but we’ve been pulling out the dead ones, to stop more from dying.
“We’ve left them on the side of the bank, but with the hot weather they’re starting to smell and the flies are unreal.
“It’s also bringing the rats over, we already have issues with rats – but this is just making it even worse.
“Children play around here and it’s not on.”
The Environment Agency told the fisherman they couldn’t help with the issue because the lake is council owned and they don’t have anything to do with its maintenance.
Liverpool Council said they are aware of the issue and are hoping to resolve it as quickly as possible.
The Council said this is an annual problem, sometimes caused by anglers stocking the lake with the wrong kind of fish for sport.