Traveller site plagued by rats

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Feb 21, 2013 in Rat Answers | Subscribe

A traveller community in West Berkshire has been besieged by rats and sewage amid claims the council has failed to repair sanitary blocks and remove rubbish.

Families living at the Four Houses Corner caravan site in Ufton Nervet fear their health is being put at risk because of the vermin, trash and polluted water flooding on to the site.

They say they have repeatedly called West Berkshire Council to carry out maintenance and take away the mounting piles of junk, which they claim has got worse over the past six years.

Julie Bennett, 30, who lives on the site, said: “We are fed up with the way the council are treating us.

“We have been left living with piles of rubbish and sewage water and with rats swarming the place.

“I am parent of a five-year-old girl and have got no electricity because the sewage water coming right up and cutting it off.

“I have to walk through it with my daughter her to take her to school and to the toilet, and it’s making her unhappy because I won’t let her go out and play because I’m worried about her health.

“The sewer water and rubbish has also attracted the rats. I got up this morning and there were three in my bathroom.

“It just smells like someone hasn’t flushed a toilet for a long time. It’s horrible.

“I am constantly thinking the rats are going to get into my caravan when I am asleep.”

Miss Bennett said there were about 10 traveller families on the site and many had been plagued by rats and had called for the site to be cleared and repairs to be carried out to stop the sewage.

“My sister has been here five years and says that other people have called them [West Berkshire Council] before that to sort out the drainage but nothing seems to be improving,” she said.

“We have complained lots of times but when we try and speak to them they are always in meetings and don’t return our calls, and we just feel we are being ignored.

“We are all very angry and the whole thing is making me feel very stressed and depressed.”

West Berkshire Council said the authority had no calls in relation to the flooding to its housing and environmental health departments but was aware there had been an ongoing rat problem.

Spokeswoman Peta Stoddart-Crompton said: “The council has not been made aware with any sewage issues.

“However, as residents are aware, rat treatment has been ongoing and the environmental health team has visited the site on a number of occasions including today [Tuesday].

“Officers have given advice to residents on how to dispose of food waste carefully and not to leave pet foods out so as not to encourage rats.”

Article source: http://www.getreading.co.uk/news/s/2129447_traveller_site_plagued_by_rats

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