Residents in Wyke call for Bradford Council to take action over rats (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Residents in Wyke call for Bradford Council to take action over rats
11:00am Thursday 11th October 2012 in News
“Petrified” residents are calling for Bradford Council to remove a rat infestation that has plagued homes in Wyke.
A number of rats have been spotted by locals, with some so terrified that they have been forced to stay indoors.
Residents believe workers in the area have damaged a sewer and have disturbed the rats.
Concerns have been raised by a number of people who have contacted the Council.
Linda Paul, 65, of Winterton Drive, said: “My neighbour across the road is too frightened to even open the door. I’m not happy about it and there have been quite a few people in the area who have seen them. Some have even seen them by the main road.
“So far I’ve seen about five and we rang the Council on Monday. It’s a big problem and we need something doing soon.”
Linda’s husband Dereck, 65, has raised concerns for people in the area having come into contact with the rodents himself.
He said: “There was a really large one that we found dead on our drive, but there was another that I spotted in the garden going behind the greenhouse. One of the neighbours managed to kill one with an air rifle.
“It’s worrying how many people have seen them because there is a food production plant and other businesses nearby.”
Scott Stark, 36, of Worsnop Gardens, believes the Council needs to respond immediately with the area exposed to a risk of disease.
He said: “I’ve spoken to some residents who are petrified, with some considering whether to move out of their homes. The Council said that someone will take a look at it in the next three to five working days.”
Bradford Council environmental health manager, Carol Morgan, has been made aware of the infestation of land at Storr Hill. She said: “We treat all vermin infestations and other public health risks extremely seriously and at present we are trying to establish who owns the land so we can inform the landowner of their responsibility to rectify the problem.
“If the landowner does not take action within a reasonable time, Bradford Council has the power to get rid of the rats and charge the landowner for the costs incurred.”