The Chiltern Rangers group raised concerns over a ‘potential sewage incident’ at Kingsmead Recreation Ground yesterday (June 4).

A spokesperson for the community-centric non-profit said they were “not 100 per cent sure” that a sewage leak was the cause of the murky, discoloured water that had gathered on footpaths around the green space, but that it had been suggested as one explanation.

Thames Water declined to comment directly on the incident but suggested that the accumulated water was evidence of the River Wye “bursting its banks” rather than a sewer pipe leak.

A spokesperson for the Environment Agency confirmed that water quality readings taken by Thames Water at the recreation ground had shown no sign of sewage contamination.

A groundwater flood alert was issued for the low-lying area on Friday, May 31.

The alert is likely to remain in place for “several weeks or longer” depending on weather conditions.

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Kingsmead Recreation Ground has been heavily water-logged for months amid “abnormal” groundwater flooding in High Wycombe following heavy rainfall.

A local cricket group that was unable to play on the uncommonly damp site reported the issue to Buckinghamshire Council’s Fix My Street portal last month.

Clive Harriss, the council’s Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure, responded that the park was “highly susceptible” to flooding because of its “very high water table and proximity to nearby streams and rivers”.

Adding: “Council officers will monitor the situation and ensure any ground drainage is operating properly, but until the weather improves, the flooding won’t go away.”