Concerns have been raised about fly-tipping at Preston Docks.
Hazardous waste, including gas bottles and old kitchen appliances, has been dumped at the entrance to the Bull Nose and spotted by keen photographer John Cutler.
Mr Cutler, from Walton-le-Dale, today said he was alarmed by the situation, and although he has seen litter at the spot before, it has never been at such a level.
He said: “I went there to photograph the lovely sunset and was greeted by this sight. I’m glad I have not just bought one of the new houses that can be seen behind the entrance as I’m sure that some of the rubbish will smell in summer.
“That’s apart from any other hazards that it includes, such as the large gas bottle or the refrigerators.
“I wonder who is responsible for its removal and for what may happen if this pile of rubbish were to affect the operation of the lock gates?
“I don’t think I would like to fish off the edge there, apart from fouling lines, who knows what else is washed into here?”
Preston Council is responsible for environmental issues and the authority has vowed to investigate the matter.
A council spokesman said: “Our litter enforcement team will visit the site and investigate the fly-tipping to try and find out who dumped the rubbish there.”
If someone is caught fly-tipping, or if waste from their premises is found fly tipped, they can be fined up to £50,000 or face possible imprisonment.
Report fly-tipping by calling Preston Council on 01772 906909 while larger scale incidences should be reported to the Environment Agency on 0800 807 060.