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Serious rat problem

Reported via desktop in the Park safety issue category anonymously at 10:54, Thu 3 November 2022

Sent to Bath and North East Somerset Council less than a minute later. Council ref: 3935511.

The park is overrun with rats now as the vegetation is so overgrown, they are coming onto my window sill and I'm immuno compromised due to cancer treatment, my Husband is very ill too we are elderly. The rat urine would kill us if we are in contact with it, please try to have the park reared for the rats as they need to be under control at least. we nee3d help fast please.

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  • We've looked into this report and are investigating the issue. We will update this report once we decide what action to take.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Bath and North East Somerset Council at 12:23, Tue 8 November 2022

  • We have asked the Pest Control Team for advice. Walcot Open Space is adjacent to a river and rats will naturally be present. Are there any reasons why rats would be particularly be attracted to Walcot Open Space? How is rubbish manged within the grounds of the flats and is this attracting the rats from the open space?

    Posted by Bath and North East Somerset Council at 15:58, Tue 8 November 2022

  • Today I have cleared two drug encampments from the bottom of Walcot Field - which now need collecting. Drugs, human waste, used sanitary products, soiled clothing etc Any food waste will attract animals. As stated previously, rats naturally dwell by rivers. They are not the problem but the human created mess is. Also, the field & it's environs are home to a protected species plus many dogs are exercised here. Therefore any 'pest' control should be observing the wildlife laws & use extreme caution re. the dogs

    Posted anonymously at 14:55, Mon 9 January 2023

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