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No rush to move ‘rat bins’

 
Created on 09/09/2016 @ 18:25
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There’s no immediate end in sight to the problem caused by the recycling bins in Berriew Street Car Park which has resulted in rats running amok.

There was hope earlier this week when Welshpool Town Council said they expected the bins to be scooted in September. But Powys has now said that it will be October which would be more than three months since the rats were first spotted.

Cllr John Powell, Cabinet Member for Environment and Sustainability, said: “This site has experienced a large level of fly-tipping over recent years. It has now reached such a level that it is attracting vermin to the area.

“We have discussed options with the town council and it was decided to close the site.

“The closure of the site will not leave residents without a service as there is another community recycling site in the town at Tesco supermarket along with the household waste and recycling centre on Severn Farm Industrial Estate.

“We will be removing the banks from the site next month.  We would urge householders to use their kerbside collection service as well as other facilities in the town.”

Residents complained that the bins were always full since collections now only happen every three weeks, leaving them no option but to leave alongside on the floor.

We highlighted the rat problem when one reader spotted them running everywhere during the morning. Town Clerk Robert Robinson has pushed for urgent action too after spotting one climb onto a tourist’s car.

 

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