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Rats at recycling area as dumping increases

Created on 15/07/2016 @ 08:23
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Changes to rubbish collections mean Welshpool is becoming a breeding ground for rats and Powys County Council today promised action.

More and more people are now fly-tipping rubbish after the county council changed from weekly collection to every three weeks for household rubbish and Welshpool’s Berriew Street Car Park has become a target for dumping black bag rubbish and is attracting the vermin.

Local resident Judy Watkin sent us the pictures of a rat helping itself to the rubbish from bags and there have also been reports of rats inside the skips and running through gardens at nearby Oldford estate.

“It is infested with rats. There's been black bags just put by the bins and the rats are coming in and pulling the food out of the bags. Anybody could be there over the holidays with their children doing their recycling.”

Another resident, who did not wish to be named, said: “This is a disgrace. The bins are alongside the marshy area on Powis Castle Estate which is a breeding ground for the rats and people are simply dumping refuse bags.

“I have seen rats in the skips as well as tearing the bags to pieces. Powys County Council has caused this issue and at the same time closed its pest control department. Unbelievable.

Members of Welshpool Town Council's planning committee discussed the situation on Wednesday night and are raising the issue with the county authority.

A spokesman for Powys County Council said: "The council is aware of persistent fly-tipping in the Berriew Street car park in Welshpool and problems with rats. We are in discussions with a pest control company investigating the best options to tackle the issue. 

"We are also appealing to residents to dispose of waste responsibly to help prevent it occurring.”

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