Rats on the rise

Residents from across the borough have been raising the growing problem of rat infestations and yet last year, Eastleigh’s Lib Dem Cabinet said there was no requirement for a formal policy to be adopted. At the Budget meeting in February, Conservatives tabled an amendment to fund a project to look at the prevalence of rats within the borough, identifying hotspots and formulating a plan to get on top of the issue. Lib Dems voted against this.

Meanwhile, the Council’s pest control charges continue to rise; up by 26% for some of the services in the last 5 years. Conservatives will still press for more action on rats because residents continue to tell us it’s a real problem.