Work is happening to cope with an ‘out of control’ rat downside in a single space of Merseyside.
Knowsley councillors, council officers, representatives from native housing affiliation Livv Housing and United Utilities have been all out in pressure on the streets of Page Moss in a bid to deal with a scenario which some residents say has felt “out of control.”
Alongside Page Moss Avenue, councillors knocked on doorways in one of many borough’s rodent hotspots as folks handed over bins chewed up by rodents, whereas engineers from United Utilities set to work bating sewers within the neighbourhood.
The issue of rats in Page Moss has virtually turn into synonymous with the world in recent times. Individuals have spoken out frequently over infestations of their houses and rats wandering the streets in “broad daylight.”
Knowsley Council have attracted criticism over the issue, with some saying they haven’t completed sufficient to deal with the scourge.
At present, on Page Moss Avenue, councillors and officers alike stated the issue wanted “everybody on board” with a collective method as a way to get the scenario below management.
Streetscene supervisor Denise Finest stated the council have been out in pressure to deal with the difficulty as officers “understand the strength of feelings” within the space in regards to the rodent downside.
She stated: “That’s why we’re out here today with this day of action. The idea is to work with residents to raise issues around disposal of waste, harbourage and so on.
“Of course rats are not just an issue for Knowsley, it’s a global issue but there are things we can do to reduce them around homes. People don’t always know about issues over harbourage.
“We’ve talked to residents about garden maintenance and look to identify flytipping, work to get rid of holes in properties.”
Ms Finest added: “The pandemic has seen an increase in the quantity of things like fast food, and anywhere there is food, water and somewhere for them to sleep and rest, is a place where rats can accumulate.”
Livv Housing communications supervisor Sharleen McAteer stated it was essential to search out out from residents what are among the points contributing to the issue of their areas.
She stated: “We’ve been door knocking and want to understand the concerns, the issues people are having with the properties, it goes above and beyond an emotive issue, this affects communities.
“I’m from Page Moss and rats have always been here since I was little, but there have been environmental factors in terms of partnerships with United Utilities and new builds too and we believe collaboration is the key to tackling this.
“It’s a lovely area and the community need that support, education and information so that we can all work together to tackle it.”
The theme of partnership working was echoed by native ward councillor Ken McGlashan
He stated: “It’s not something Knowsley Council have been able to tackle on its own. We had to work to encourage United Utilities to start baiting the sewers again as that had stopped, and that was a battle.
“We’ve linked in with the registered social landlord, tenants have an agreement around keeping properties clean and tidy. If we all work together we can help combat it.
“If we can get cooperation from everyone, that’s the approach that will do it.”
Though pest management calls have gone down prior to now 12 months, with 200 much less calls to Knowsley’s environmental well being than in 2018/19, officers acknowledge Page Moss is among the borough’s few “hotspots”.
A part of the issue, explains Denise, is that sewer baiting stopped “many years ago” and was solely introduced introduced again final 12 months after a deal between Knowsley Council and United Utilities, which has seen the council contribute £15,000 in direction of a joint sewer baiting programme. A complete of 57 manholes have been visited in Page Moss in 2020, 65 visits in Huyton and Page Moss in 2021 with extra to come back.
Cupboard member for communities and neighbourhoods Cllr Shelley Powell stated the council is “determined to work in partnership to combat infestations” with extra days of motion deliberate throughout the borough.
Alongside a row of outlets on the finish of Page Moss Avenue, the decision was break up by residents passing by.
One, who requested to not be named stated: “We’ve heard it all before. The rats here are brazen, nobody seems able or willing to stop them. People have had enough.”
One other, Jan, who requested to be referred to by her first identify stated: “Well, I just hope this means people are listening and finally something will change. The rats have been a problem around here for far too long.”