Dirty rats infesting High Street homes
RESIDENTS living along High Street are being plagued by hoards of rats attracted to a laneway laden with a mixture of builders rubble and domestic waste.
The lane beside Wicklow Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic has become a hot bed for illegal fly-tipping and the build up of rubbish is such that rats have begun to nest under the builders rubble still left there. Now the area is overrun with the rodents.
Cllr. Irene Winters has been approached by furious residents and has contacted Wicklow Town Council about the problem.
‘It’s absolutely horrible to have to live near to that.
‘It was bad enough with the rubbish being dumped there but an infestation of rats is a much bigger problem than bags of rubbish.’
Initially rubble from some construction projects taking place near the bottom of High Street mean’t building materials were abandoned in the lane and never cleared up. That in turn attracted fly-tippers who found it an ideal spot to simply offload large amounts of rubbish.
‘Once an area isn’t maintained or kept it becomes open to dumping and the situation becomes worse and worse,’ says Cllr. Winters.
‘The whole area will have to be cleared out and pest control will have to sweep the whole area,’ adds Cllr. Winters.
She has also witnessed firsthand some of the dumping taking place.
‘I have seen people with black bags cross the road, head over to the lane and just toss the bag full of rubbish into the lane. I know the litter warden has checked the contents of the bag as well but they haven’t been able to identify anyone yet.’
Piles of rubbish left in an alley along the High Street in Wicklow Town.