The Canal and River Trust has updated on plans to remove a sunken boat accused of causing “pollution” after a blaze.

The burnt-out barge was “destroyed” and left partially submerged by a significant fire on the Kennet and Avon Canal, near the London Road bridge in Devizes on Saturday, November 25.

Since then, the boat has remained in the water, after several attempts by the owner to refloat it reportedly failed, sparking concern amongst residents and visitors to the canal.

Some locals have raised fears over what appears to be oil coming from the remains of the boat while others have labelled it an “eyesore”.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: The remains of the boat on November 28

One said: “There’s a strong smell of fuel and it’s seeping past the containment pontoons. Bad news for the local wildlife.”

While removing the barge is the owner's responsibility, the Canal and River Trust told this paper they would ensure removal takes place if they fail to do so.

A spokesperson said: “If this fails to take place, we can remove a boat under Section 8 of the British Waterways Act 1983.

“We need to allow any owner reasonable time to remedy. Any notice we serve in pursuance of the act gives a minimum of 28 days to remedy.

“It will be removed one way or another in due course.”