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City Council take firm stance on rodent infested properties

Published: Friday, 30th September 2022

In January of 2022, Stoke-on-Trent City Council visited a property in Burslem after receiving multiple reports of waste left on the land.

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City Council take firm stance on rodent infested properties

In January of 2022, Stoke-on-Trent City Council visited a property in Burslem after receiving multiple reports of waste left on the land.

An investigation revealed a large quantity of waste at the property which could attract pests and rodents to the area. A notice was issued under Section 4 of The Prevention of Damage by Pests Act in January, including to prevent the attraction of pests and rodents.

A follow-up visit in February of 2022 concluded the requirements of the notice had not been complied with and the residents received further information in writing, that advised the council’s intention to proceed with formal action.

Councillor Carl Edwards, cabinet member for environment and housing has said: “Our teams react fast to waste reports, the quantity reported at this property was a magnet for pests and rodents. The city council are serious about bringing any form of illegal waste build-up to an end and hopes this is a stern warning to all.”

Councillor Lesley Adams, said: “We take pride in our communities, and urge all residents to report hazardous waste as soon as they see it.”

The residents were prosecuted for Section 5, Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949 through the Single Justice Procedure at Newcastle Justice Centre and received fines of £660 each, £66 victim surcharge and costs of £446.60.

Please report concerning waste issues to: Environmental Crime on 01782 234234 or email environmental.crime@stoke.gov.uk