Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
In line with social distancing advice and to protect residents and staff the Council has taken the decision to close the Council offices to the public until further notice.
Whilst the offices are closed to visitors, you are still able to access services and information from this website 24/7.
Information and advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) and how to access Council Services during this period can be found on our Coronavirus information page
We ask that all residents #StayHomeSaveLives – see a Message from the Leader of the Council
Rubbish and Accumulations
Rubbish/Accumulations and Pests
Accumulations of rubbish and excess vegetation can potentially provide harbourage and food sources to pests. Under the Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949, the Council has a duty to ensure the borough is kept free from rats and mice so far as is reasonable practicable.
If you are suffering from problems relating to excessive vegetation or accumulations of waste, you are first advised to speak to whoever is responsible for the problem.
If you are unable to resolve the issue, we may be able to help:
- First of all, we need to identify if there is a problem with rats or mice. This may involve inspecting the area for any signs of pests laying test bait.
- If no signs of pests are found, we may not be able to take further action, although this is decided on a case by case basis. However, if signs of rats and mice being present are found, we may take further action.
- We may contact the person responsible for causing the problem and discuss ways of resolving the issue. For example, pest control treatment may be required or vegetation and accumulations of waste may need to be cleared. Alternatively, we may decide to serve an enforcement notice on the person responsible for the problems requiring them to carry out remedial works.