‘Urgent action’ needed to tackle rat problem in Bath

Concerns about the increase in Bath’s rat population are being voiced by members of the public.

Geoffrey Hughes, a Bath resident wrote into the Bath Chronicle newspaper to bring attention to the ongoing problem.

Geoffrey said: “These rat problems must be investigated I am very concerned about reports of a rat infestation in the last two editions of the Chronicle.”

On January 30, a story was published about the Botanical Gardens in Royal Victoria Park being overrun with rats.

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Geoffrey said: “Up to the last lockdown it was one of my exercise spots and no rats were visible, but the position must have changed.

“Rats need a food source – are people dropping food or overfeeding squirrels?

“There should be urgent action – this is a wedding venue and they already have to endure a stagnant pond!

There were also reports of rats on private property. A story was reported of rats in attics and gardens in a Curo run house in Twerton.

Geoffrey said: “With regard to the Twerton situation Curo has taken action but says that the rodents come from nearby premises so a project coordinator for the area is required. Do we still have a rodent officer or has another post been axed?

“The lady with the rat problem states that rats rip open black bags, but these bags were banned when the council introduced wheelie bins and food containers.

“So there is a lot to be investigated – perhaps local councillors could get involved. They have the powers and the influence and a duty to their voters.”

Do you have concerns about rats in Bath? Email letters@bathchron.co.uk.

Somerset Live Bath