CONCERNS have been raised by the “disturbing” discovery of chunks of raw meat in a small stream.

Community leaders in Cynwyd, near Corwen, are pleading with Denbighshire County Council to help clean up the waste, which was found dumped in a tributary to the River Dee.

The issue was raised at a meeting of Cynwyd Community Council by one of its members, Cllr Nesta Wivell.

She subsequently notified the county council's environmental health department as well as Public Health Wales and Natural Resources Wales.

Cllr Wivell said: “I’m concerned that dozens of large chunks of raw meat have been dumped in this stream immediately next to a walking path, which many people use.

“It is unhygienic and I’m concerned that it could pose a health hazard. It needs to be cleared up soon in my view.”

The type of meat was unidentifiable in appearance because it had been left to decompose.

County councillor Mabon ap Gwynfor said: “It’s disturbing that someone thinks it’s OK to dump a load of raw meat in one of our streams. There are plenty of clean ways to dispose of meat and other foodstuffs.

“People use the path for walking and children like to play in the stream. You don’t want kids going anywhere near this.”

Past issues of vegetable waste being dumped on the old railway path linking Cynwyd with Corwen was also raised by residents.

Cllr ap Gwynfor added: “Like every community we have a problem with dog fouling but Cynwyd is a nice, clean village and it’s bizarre that someone would go to such lengths to throw away food like this. I hope that this doesn’t happen again.”