An investigation could be launched by a government environment watchdog into polluted ponds at Aberdeen park.
The ponds at Westburn Park are clogged with litter, including items believed to be drug paraphernalia.
Councillors were contacted by local residents about the silt and sludge clogging the ponds but it is understood council officers can’t start their clean up until Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has carried out investigations.
Rosemount and Midstocket SNP councillor Bill Cormie said: “Officers have told me that they intend to clean the ponds but need permission from Sepa before they begin.
“Sepa should never have to be involved in this and I was shocked they were even mentioned in the response I received from officers.
“Generations have played in that water which should be running completely clear.”
A council spokesman could not confirm the scope of the work or whether a Sepa permit would be required.
Sepa said it would assess any proposals submitted.