Rats invading homes, councillors are told
8:00am Monday 8th October 2012 in News
PEOPLE living in Ammanford’s Heol Wallasey are suffering an invasion of rats, town councillors have been told.
Cllr Martin Davies revealed residents were plagued by the rodents who were entering homes from the nearby overgrown railway embankment.
“One of these people found a rat in the kitchen,” said Cllr Davies.
“Could this bank be trashed?
“It’s surely unacceptable that they’re having to put up with rats coming into their homes.
“Surely we should be able to do something?”
Deputy mayor Irena Hopkins told how she had previously clashed with Carmarthenshire county council over whether there was a rat problem in Ammanford.
The local authority has persistently maintained the town does not have a problem with rodents.
“I was told there are no rats in Ammanford – they were all a figment of my imagination,” she said.
Turning to Cllr Davies she told him: “I imagine that in their book you probably saw an illusion.”
Cllr Davies replied: “I actually set the dog on it.”
County councillor Colin Evans warned that tackling the embankment could prove problematic.
“You try and deal with Railtrack and you’ll find you’re banging your head against the brick wall,” he told Cllr Davies.
Cllr Hopkins told him that the local authority had dispensed with the services of a pest control officer and now merely issued advice to residents.
“The county council were adamant that there is no rat problem in Ammanford,” said town clerk Miriam Phillips.
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