Action taken over rats at Norwich flats
Rat traps have been laid in and around a block of housing association flats in Norwich, after residents reported that they had become a very bold presence in the area.
Residents of the Broadland Housing Association flats in Earlham Green Lane said that fly-tipping around the flats had attracted the rats, with people from elsewhere brazenly dumping their rubbish at the flats’ bins.
Sarah Stubbs, who lives in the flats with her 17-year-old son, told the Eastern Daily Press that the situation had reached breaking point.
“I’ve seen [fly-tippers] at 11pm filling rubbish in our bins,” she told the newspaper. “We’ve had rats here for a while so I phoned up Broadland to get something done.”
The housing association has employed pest controllers to lay traps and poison to catch the rats. It has also sent a letter round to residents alerting them to the consequences of fly-tipping and it has alerted Norwich City Council to see about enacting some more stringent measures.
Broadland’s area manager, Kerrie Gallagher, said, “We are aware of environmental health issues in this area and have been working with local residents and other agencies to resolve the problem as quickly as possible. The matter has now been referred to Norwich City Council’s environmental health team.”