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Spalding street calls for action to be taken against rats attracted by dumped waste

Calls have been made for action to be taken against rats which are scurrying around a South Holland residential road.

Residents in Barge Close, in Spalding, have been disgusted and become concerned after a number of rats have been seen running around the area after being attracted by rubbish left in a nearby garden in Commercial Road.

Steve Thorne owns the Barge Close Management Company, which looks after the area, and is appealing for vermin control to be called in after rats were seen in broad daylight in order to protect the young families which are living in the area.

Mr Thorne, who also runs the Jolly Farmer in Moulton Chapel, said: "We have pictures of a rat running around Barge Close with a chicken leg during the day.

"There are about 20 houses on that development and they are all starter homes with young families so it is just not healthy to have rats running around that area.

"A garden backs onto the development and they just dump their rubbish bags outside.

"We have looked over the fence and you can see the rats. There are loads of them and they don't run off when they see you.

"It is shocking and it is a health hazard.

"We are calling on the council to solve this problem."

South Holland District Council, which does not offer a vermin control service, says it is looking into the problem with rats around the Barge Close area.

Portfolio holder for Public Protection Coun Anthony Casson said: "Our Environmental Services Team is currently investigating this and will work with businesses and tenants in the area to explain fully the issues of leaving rubbish out – particularly rubbish which contain food waste.

"Clearly, if people are leaving rotting food out in public then this will attract a whole host of wildlife, including rats.

"Early presentation of rubbish is an issue – something which the council is actively looking to address with an awareness campaign shortly.

Coun Casson added: “Most people act responsibly with their waste and recycling and only put their bags out on the day of collection.

"Sadly, the minority who don’t act responsibly need to think more about the impact of their actions, and it’s these people who we’ll be targeting in our awareness campaign.”

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