‘We’re tired of West Pinchbeck rat attacks’

Residents in West Pinchbeck are tired of animals attacking black bags.
Residents in West Pinchbeck are tired of animals attacking black bags.

Residents in West Pinchbeck are calling for the local 
authority to provide them with wheelie bins after years of having their black bags ripped apart by rats.

Olav Jorgensen moved to Clay Drove from Scotland and believes South Holland must be the only place in western Europe which still uses black bags for rubbish.

He said: “I’ve lived here for three-and-a-half years and put the black bags out every Monday before 7am as requested by South Holland District Council (SHDC).

“This Monday I popped a bag outside my door and an hour later when I went to put it by the roadside it had been ripped apart by rats, with rubbish everywhere. That’s not what you want to see when you open your door.

“It happens every week and my neighbours are also fed-up of having their bags ripped apart.

“Sometimes the bags are not collected until lunchtime, even though we have to put them out by 7am.

“I don’t understand why the district council hasn’t changed to using wheelie bins.

“We had them when I lived in Scotland. South Holland must be the only place in western Europe that doesn’t have them.”

A spokesperson for SHDC said: “Residents are requested to put out their refuse and recycling bags before 7am on their collection day.

“Should bags be damaged by animals then double bagging and presenting them as close to 7am as possible is advised.

“Residents are also reminded to compost as much raw food waste as possible and to bag up any cooked food inside the black bags to discourage animals.

“Members of the council continue to support weekly refuse collections for residents by providing bags to present materials in.”