AN investigation has been launched after waste was allegedly dumped into a Canvey creek.

The Environment Agency has launched a probe into issues at Tewkes Creek after an oil-like substance appeared in the water near Dovervelt Road, Canvey.

It has lead to serious concerns from residents about health and safety with residents also worried about the impact on wildlife and the nearby Little Tewkes Preschool.

Frances Pack, 70, of Long Road, Canvey said: “There is definitely a bit of danger with this.

“The big issue with this is where it has come from because you never know with this sort of thing.

“I think people are always concerned about pollution, whatever or wherever it is found.

“But it is good that it’s now being addressed but we will need to find out more and what is being done.

“I have lived on the island for about 50 years now and there’s always some sort of bad smell coming from somewhere.

“It’ll be good to see what the result is about with this pollution.

“The wildlife is a big concern, I am sure I’ve seen birds there.”

Richard Smith, 68, president of nearby Canvey Rugby Club said he saw an oil-like substance in the water.

He said: “I walked past with my dog and there was a bit of a bad smell there.

“I also saw the workmen at the creek.

“I am pleased that they came quickly.

“I think it has been about a week but the council has got onto the agency now and we cannot ask for more than that.

“I want to thank Michael Fuller, Canvey Independent councillor, for his work on this.”

Newly-elected Mr Fuller said: “I am pleased to be able to act.

“I also want to praise the agency for the quick work.”

Bernie Potter, 67, of Canvey Road, on the island said he hopes nobody or any animals are harmed at all.

He said: “People are very worried and I don’t blame them.

“We’ve had so many swan and goose families on our waterways and children will want to splash about in it.

“It needs as much publicity as possible.”

A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: “Following reports of oil in Tewkes Creek we have attended the site and deployed an oil-absorbent boom as a precaution.

“We are monitoring the situation, but do not believe it is related to recent low water levels in the area or is causing serious harm to the environment.

“Anyone concerned about a pollution incident should call 0800 80 7060.”

It is feared the pollution may be deliberate.