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Fly-tipping causes rat nightmare for residents

RESIDENTS in a Marston Green street have been wrestling with a rodent-problem for almost three-years.

RESIDENTS in a Marston Green street have been wrestling with a rodent-problem for almost three-years.

Jean Fairbairn said that the rats are an all-too common sight in Elm Farm Avenue and some of her neighbours are now worried about letting their children play-out.

She said that the vermin were being attracted to back gardens by fly-tipping and rubbish being dumped in a nearby alleyway.

“In the past Environmental Health have always been very good and come out very quickly to deal with the problem,” she said.

“But in the past few weeks, it’s been very difficult to get it sorted and it is unpleasant for the residents. There’s the worry about letting youngsters outside.”

Jean thinks that creatures are coming from the nearby railway lines and thinks that the problem has been made worse by rubbish in the area.

Her neighbour Kelly Ison has also seen rats in her garden - who have caused mayhem in the back garden.

“They’ve bitten through all the electric wires and now we’re having to get all new lights and pumps for the pond,” she told the Solihull News.

A Solihull Council spokeman said: “We are aware of this case and would advise that anyone affected by the rats arrange for us to treat the problem.

“We welcome members of the public to report any rat sightings to us – whether or not they affect their property – as it allows us to paint a picture of where the biggest pest problems are in the borough.”

 

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