Uncollected bins in West Brom cause rat infestation
People living in a West Bromwich cul-de-sac are calling for action on the road’s rubbish collection services, after uncollected bags caused a rat infestation to take hold.
Some residents of Scott Close have spoken to the West Midlands newspaper, the Express & Star, about the situation, having not seen any rubbish collected since April. One local man, father-of-three Tony Hooper, said that around 100 bags of waste had mounted up and had become a haven for rats, maggots and flies.
“The last time it was collected was three months ago. I have had pest control come round and we have got rats,” he told the paper. “At first they said it was because we don’t have wheelie bins, so we ordered the wheelie bins and they are supposed to collect the rubbish every week and then they stopped and nobody came.”
The local council cabinet member for neighbourhoods, Ian Jones, acknowledged that there had been a problem at the street, but said that council workers had been to clean it up and he hoped the matter had been resolved.
“Unfortunately there also appears to be an issue with fly tipping which has significantly added to the problems,” he said. “But we are now confident that the residents should have no further issues with collections.”