A man whose son is buried in a Blackpool crematorium for toddlers says the ground is plagued by flooding.
John Wade, 42, lost his son Stuart in 2003. The little boy, who was stillborn, was buried in Sands Garden in the Carleton Cemetery where several other of John's other relatives have been laid to rest.
But what should have been an idyllic resting place for his son turned into a nightmare as the ground is prone to flooding due to a drainage problem.
John says that he couldn't visit Stuart at all last winter because persistent rains continued to flood the cemetery.
"I work away from home and I'm out two weeks at a time," John told LancsLive.
"Each time I came home during winter I couldn't go and see Stuart. When I come home I want to see all my children and I like to see him.
"When I can't I just think it's an absolute joke."
Stuart passed away on February 1, 2003, almost 17 years ago and was buried in Carleton Cemetery in Blackpool soon after.
His son's death had a massive affect on John causing him to go into a downward spiral and severely impacting upon his family.
He said: "It was one of the major factors in me and my wife splitting up and afterwards I went into a major depression.
"It just destroyed me, I didn't trust anyone, I was so scared of losing my other kids and I had nightmares about losing them.
"It's very hard to talk about."
John says that ever since then he has been unable to visit his son's grave whenever there is a persistent rain.
Sometimes the deluge is so severe that Stuart's grave is submerged.
"You go to a grave and it is supposed to be well kept," said John.
"But then when you turn up and your son's grave is under water, it's not the best feeling in the world."
But John isn't just concerned for the resting place of his own child.
He has several relatives who are buried in the cemetery including his cousin's child.
John said: "It's not just me that has children there, there's probably hundreds of graves there.
"The flooding has always been the case, it always floods, the Blackpool Council say they do what they can.
"But how the hell are you supposed to go there? It's a place I go when I want to be alone and then I can't.
"These are our kid's resting place."
Blackpool Council released a statement in October saying that they had improved the drainage system but that the 'sheer volume of rain' meant that surface water had continued to build up.
He has also expressed concern that the persistent flooding of the cemetery will have had lasting damage on the grave site.
"I've done some ground work," said John.
"When ground floods it moves and I hate to think that some of the graves will have moved from their spots.
"These aren't adult caskets they are tiny, they are likely to move around."
John is currently fundraising to fix the drainage problem or to create a new area where parents can avoid the flooding and visit the graves.
Cllr Maria Kirkland, Blackpool Council cabinet member responsible for Carleton Cemetery and Crematorium, said: “Following the flooding in late September engineers visited the cemetery to see how the drainage could be improved.
"Since then new land drains have been installed alongwith a new sewer connected to the pumping station. This has increased the capacity of the drainage in the area enabling water to drain away quicker.
“Since the flooding in late September we have not been aware of any surface water in the baby area and it is checked on a daily basis.
“If Mr Wade has any concerns we would advise him to speak to the team at Carleton who are more than happy to explain the measures we have taken.”