Worry over rats after bin change

Waste bags are attracting rats
Waste bags are attracting rats

Rats have been seen running through Thornton gardens – which one local group has blamed on food waste being sent to landfill after routine green bin recycling was scrapped in the borough.

Bashir Rassas, deputy chairman of the Friends of Pheasants Wood, prepared a statement to be read at a Wyre council meeting tomorrow.

Residents in various parts of Wyre are suffering from rat infestation problems, partly due to increased water levels, groundwork connected with new developments, and/or remedial work throughout the borough

In it, he said: “Residents in various parts of Wyre are suffering from rat infestation problems, partly due to increased water levels, groundwork connected with new developments, and/or remedial work throughout the borough.

“Rats and other vermin will seek a new environment, and food waste going to landfill, or deliberately discarded in public open spaces, will increase the rat, feral pigeon, and seagull problems.

“In Pheasant Wood Ward, rats are now seen in garden areas of private dwellings and inside some properties, having come from Amounderness Way, from within Pheasant Wood, and from elsewhere.

“Seagulls are nesting on at least two properties on the estate, and can be seen regularly scavenging for food.”