Rats on agenda at Chandler’s Ford

This is a generic picture of a Brown Rat for illustrative purposes. This rat does not live in Chandler’s Ford.Pic: National Park Service.

Concerned Conservatives are demanding action on Chandler’s Ford’s ever-increasing population of rats.

The rodents are on the agenda at the Chandler’s Ford and Hiltingbury Local Area Committee meeting to be held tomorrow night (June 6) at The Dovetail Centre on Winchester Road.  Cllr Margaret Atkinson has tabled a motion calling on Eastleigh Borough Council to address a problem that been plaguing parts of Hiltingbury, Chandler’s Ford and Valley Park for over two years.

Cllr Atkinson’s motion states the Borough Council has a statutory duty under the Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949 to take:

“Immediate and urgent action to work with other agencies and neighbouring authorities to bring the current rat population in the Chandler’s Ford and Hiltingbury area under control.”

In a statement Hiltingbury Councillor Judith Grajewski said:

“Local Conservative councillors have opened a petition and the response on the doorsteps has been very positive. Local residents have had enough. The rat population seems to be exploding and the pests are invading people’s gardens and homes, and in some cases causing considerable damage to property. Cllr Dowden (Valley Park, Test Valley Borough Council) and I have raised the issue at numerous cross-border meetings over 2-3 years, and are still calling for meaningful action to deal with the problem as a matter of urgency.”

The meeting is open to the public and starts at 7pm.