FEARS FLY PLAGUE HAS RE­TURNED

RES­I­DENTS CLAIM PROB­LEMS HAVE RESUR­FACED WITH SUM­MER:

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A NIGHT­MARE fly in­fes­ta­tion seems as though it could be re­turn­ing to Llanelli.

Last sum­mer res­i­dents were forced to fork out for cans of fly spray, eat din­ner in their cars and keep their win­dows firmly closed as a dis­gust­ing out­break of flies de­scended on the town.

What be­gan as just an an­noy­ance soon spi­ralled out of con­trol with res­i­dents call­ing for fly-killing equip­ment to be pro­vided to them for free as shops sold out of swat­ters, sprays and sticky strips.

Nat­u­ral Re­sources Wales has been in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cause of the is­sue for many months and it was even­tu­ally es­tab­lished that a re­cy­cling plant close to the worst af­fected ar­eas was the root of the prob­lem.

Now, a year later, res­i­dents in cer­tain parts of Llanelli have been com­plain­ing once again that as the warm weather has started to re­turn, so have the pests.

So­phie Jones, who lives in Sea­side, which was one of the worst af­fected ar­eas last year, said that the flies have come “back in full force” with the re­turn of the hot weather.

She said: “Since the week­end we’ve had a fair few flies. On Satur­day I opened the back door to a swarm of flies, there must have been around 20 to 25.

“I came home from work yes­ter­day to find nine blue bot­tles that I could count, that’s with­out the few nor­mal flies.

“There is an is­sue with fly-tip­ping and peo­ple leav­ing their bin bags out two or three days, at least, be­fore col­lec­tion.

“I wouldn’t have thought that would help the sit­u­a­tion but since this warm weather has come it seems to be the flies are back in full force.”

Amanda Carter, who was cam­paign­ing for a so­lu­tion to the prob­lem last year, said that she’d heard quite a few re­ports of blue bot­tle flies in the area.

“We’ve had quite a few over the past fort­night,” she ex­plained.

“We are all dread­ing the week­end when it’s sup­posed to get hot­ter.”

Ju­lia Mor­gan has been liv­ing in the Morfa area since Novem­ber and has also no­ticed more flies around her home.

“Within the past week there have been a few fly­ing around the front of my house,” she said.

“I thought that maybe it was my bins or the food waste but I’ve cleared that and they’re still there.

“My liv­ing room is in the back of my house and I’ve had the back door open be­cause of the nice weather and they were all com­ing in. It was full of them.”

Shirley Wil­liams added: “As soon as I open the back door they fly in and I’m on the sec­ond floor flat with a lit­tle bal­cony.”

Ali­son Grif­fiths ex­plained that there are cur­rently “loads in Swiss Val­ley”, while Karen Jenk­ins con­firmed that there has been an in­crease in the Pem­ber­ton area, too.

Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil con­firmed that it will be mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion.

The coun­cil’s ex­ec­u­tive board mem­ber for pub­lic pro­tec­tion, coun­cil­lor Philip Hughes, said: “We have re­ceived in­for­ma­tion from a town coun­cil­lor this morn­ing of an in­crease in fly ac­tiv­ity in an area of Llanelli, how­ever, we have not re­ceived any di­rect com­plaints from mem­bers of the pub­lic. We will mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion, in the mean­time, if res­i­dents have any is­sues we would ask them to con­tact us di­rectly.”

Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil an­nounced last year it had handed over re­spon­si­bil­ity re­gard­ing the source of the in­fes­ta­tion to Nat­u­ral Re­sources Wales and in­ves­ti­ga­tions have been on­go­ing ever since to try and put a stop to the prob­lem.

Ni­cholas Jenk­ins, en­vi­ron­men­tal per­mit reg­u­la­tion of­fi­cer for NRW, said: “We’ve been work­ing lo­cally to make sure reg­u­lated sites are ac­cept­ing, stor­ing and pro­cess­ing waste in line with the con­di­tions of their en­vi­ron­men­tal per­mits.

“We haven’t re­ceived any re­ports of flies in the area but if you do see an in­crease in the num­ber of flies please re­port it to our 24-hour in­ci­dent line on 03000 65 3000.”

Pic­ture: Jonathan My­ers

Amanda Carter, from Llanelli, shows the ex­tent of last year’s fly in­fes­ta­tion around the Delta Lakes area.

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