‘COUN­CIL WON’T RE­MOVE ITS RATS’

EX­CLU­SIVE

The Wokingham Paper - - FRONT PAGE - By JESSWARREN jwar­ren@wok­ing­ham­pa­per.co.uk

A FINCHAMPST­EAD lady is wish­ing she had the Pied Piper on speed dial.

Janet Robin­son has been suf­fer­ing the ef­fects of a rat in­fes­ta­tion in her neigh­bour’s house for two years.

She thought she’d struck gold two months ago, when the bor­ough coun­cil sent a con­trac­tor to re­move the rot­ten deck­ing, act­ing as a “breed­ing ground” for hordes of rats next door.

Now they’re in her gar­den.

She told Wok­ing­ham.To­day:

“There’s big ones and baby ones. Nowthere’s holes inmy gar­den from where the rats have dug through and come up un­der­neath the fence.

“My grand­son came over on Thurs­day, June 18 to sit in the gar­den. He went to get a chair from the shed, and it’s in­fested. There’s white drop­pings and black drop­pings — the rats dug a hole to get into my shed.”

The 74-year-old said: “The coun­cil won’t ac­cept it’s their rats. Of course it’s their rats, it's their es­tate.

“They sent out a con­trac­tor who dug the deck­ing up next door. There was deck­ing on top of rot­ten deck­ing.

“But they’re say­ing it's down to me now they’re in my gar­den. I’ve been in­vaded by them, I shouldn’t be treated like this. I can’t live in filth.

“I’ll go to court if I have to. I’m not rich but I’ll do it.”

A spokesper­son from Wok­ing­ham Bor­ough Coun­cil said: “We are aware of is­sues raised by Ms Robin­son and have been work­ing with her to re­solve it. We have put in place a range of pest con­trol mea­sures such as bait­ing and re­moval of the rats’ habi­tat to help tackle this is­sue at both her house and the neigh­bour­ing prop­erty.

“Both prop­er­ties have been thor­oughly in­ves­ti­gated by our pest con­trol con­trac­tors, some of which are still on­go­ing. In ad­di­tion to the pest con­trol con­trac­tor vis­its, coun­cil of­fi­cers have reg­u­larly vis­ited her to pro­vide ad­vice and to mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion, most re­cently on Mon­day, June 29.

“We will con­tinue to work closely with Ms Robin­son to en­sure mat­ter is re­solved.”

Pic­ture: Steve Smyth

Janet Robin­son (74) says she can’t live in filth, and wants the coun­cil to come help with pest con­trol.

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