West Berkshire Council has announced that environmental health and highway teams will be carrying out additional site visits this week amid concerns about the exposure of the public to sewage.

Parts of the district have witnessed flooding since January this year.

A number of residents have referred issues with sewage overflow and contamination to the council - which has, in response, organised a number of site visits.

Further visits are planned for this week.

Jon Winstanley, the council's environmental service director, said: "West Berkshire Council understands residents' concerns and frustration about sewage and litter in our rivers, in our communities and in private properties.

"It's not happening everywhere, but, where it can be found, it's not pleasant to see or to smell, and it has a detrimental effect on how people feel about the area in which they live.

"We remain committed to resolving these ongoing issues through dialogue with Thames Water.

"We are also exploring all options, and will be visiting all effected sites this week to carry out assessments of whether there is statutory nuisance that we can address using powers open to the council."