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'Kids dodge rats to get to school'
6:10am Tuesday 8th October 2013 in Local
RATS have been left to swarm around a filthy garage in Kidderminster that has become a dumping ground for rubbish, it has been claimed.
The unused garage in Silver Street is being abused by fly-tippers getting rid of everything from cardboard boxes to beds, said resident Steve Walker, who branded the site an eyesore.
He said addicts were also using the storage building to “push”
drugs, adding the rubbish had been festering in the garage for about eight months.
Mr Walker, a local activist, said he had even spotted rats eating leftover pizza out of dumped takeaway boxes and was now concerned about the health risk.
He added youngsters and parents had to dodge the rodents while making their way to and from St George’s Primary School.
“It’s very bad,” said Mr Walker.
“The garage has been left in a poor state and people have started throwing rubbish. There are rats running out of the garage. The garage has not been maintained or looked after and people are dumping things in there.
“Someone is thinking of starting a business using all of the garages along there but he is reluctant to do anything due to the state of that building.”
Despite reporting his concerns to Wyre Forest District Council, he said nothing had been done.
“It’s just appalling that the district council has not taken action and have ignored the general public, who voted them in,” he added. “No-one’s doing anything about it.
“It’s an eyesore and the public are now fed up with it. I know the council is trying to save money but it has got a job to do –protecting public health and safety.
There are that many rats coming out of the place – it’s disgusting.”
A spokeswoman for the district council said they were aware of Mr Walker’s complaint about fly-tipping but the garage was private property, and therefore it had to be dealt with by the landlord.
She added: “If there is now a pest problem then we will endeavour to get hold of the landowner and try to resolve the issue.”
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