PROGRESS ON RATS FOR NEWARTHILL RESIDENTS AFTER TOWN HALL MEETING

28th August 2018

MP INTERVENTION SECURES HALT TO CHARGES AND REFUNDS FOR RESIDENTS

Motherwell and Wishaw MP, Marion Fellows, has welcomed North Lanarkshire Council accepting her invitation to a town hall meeting on rats in Newarthill which took place on Monday night and for agreeing to her request to offer refunds to those charged for pest control services and a halt to charges.

Residents who have been charged for the past two weeks will now be refunded and charges will be halted for local people.

Over 100 residents were given the chance to make elected representatives and council officers aware of the issues affecting them.

Despite Mrs Fellows’ request, Network Rail were not in attendance which Mrs Fellows said was “disappointing” given many residents believe that works on the railway are the root of the problem.

A change to NLC’s bin collection policy was also identified as an issue along with people feeding birds in their garden and litter left by school pupils.

Commenting, Mrs Fellows said:

I am glad that NLC accepted my invitation to attend the meeting and my requests for refunds and a halt to charges so we can finally deal with the problem once and for all.

It is disappointing that Network Rail did not attend. It is important they address peoples’ concerns that works are displacing rats.

They will, however, survey the railways in the local area for signs of rats and report back.

I hope NLC has grasped the scale of the problem and that residents are angry as the rats have not been adequately dealt with for over a year.

There was a strong belief amongst some residents that the increase in rats coincided with the reduction in the frequency of bin collections. These concerns must be addressed.

I will be writing to schools to ensure that they make further efforts to ensure pupils are not littering and creating a food source for rats to thrive. Not to mention to ensure they respect their community.

Tackling this issue will require the community, elected representatives, NLC and Network Rail to work together. We’ve made progress but there is still a long way to go.