Month: July 2014

It’s all getting grumpy out there about Ludlow Skip Hire. At my request, the Environment Agency provided a statement yesterday about rats. In summary, the EA says rats are not coming from the waste site. Last Friday night, just as I popped into the Church Inn for a pint, I found a message on my voicemail. It was someone called Michael from Kidwells press group who do marketing, campaigning, blogging, tweeting “blah, blah, blah” . I’ve never heard of Kidwells press group. I didn’t call back. I don’t take sales calls. I simply don’t need any help blogging, tweeting or getting in the press. And anyone promoting communication who uses the word ‘blah’ doesn’t understand writing. There were four more calls but my mobile is usually set to silent as I spend much of my day and evening in committees or other events. I had one more voicemail but no information on what the caller’s concern was, just a first name and a mobile number. Today I received an email from the managing director of Kidwells Law Solicitors Ltd (not “press group” as on the first phone message). This said: I have telephoned you many times over the last week…

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The following message was received from the Public Protection team at Shropshire Council this afternoon: In June and July Shropshire Council received two calls to our Customer Service Centre regarding vermin sightings in Temeside. One caller was referred to our Pest Control Service but declined to arrange a treatment visit, the other caller supplied their name and no further information. This level of contacts by residents would not suggest an area-wide issue. Information on how to identify and report rodent activity is available on the Council website by searching on “rats” or residents can call us 0345 678 9000 to notify us of problem buildings/gardens in their area. This number can also be used to arrange for a treatment visit from the Pest Control Service. I will add that that any treatment will be charged. Private pest controllers are available. The Environment Agency said yesterday: “The Local Authority are investigating reports of rats in the neighbourhood to identify the source of the problem and take appropriate action.” I don’t believe that the statement from Shropshire Council above constitutes investigation. I am pressing Shropshire Council officers for action, not words. They haven’t even visited Ludlow yet.

Councillor Viv Parry and I have had a lot of reports of rats recently, especially from the bottom of Old Street, Temeside and Jockey Field. Some rats that have been found as dead as a Monty Python parrot, but others are scurrying around. Residents have asked whether Ludlow Skip Hire is to blame. Today, the Environment Agency provided the following statement: The Environment Agency have carried out regular inspections of Ludlow Skip Hire over the last few months. We have not seen any evidence of a rat infestation problem at the site during our inspections. The operators are also keeping on top of their vermin control and ensuring that traps are baited and replenished on a frequent basis. If there are any observations of rats at the site please call 0800 807060. The Local Authority are investigating reports of rats in the neighbourhood to identify the source of the problem and take appropriate action. So if the rat infestation is not linked to the waste transfer site, they must be breeding elsewhere. If you have any information that can help us on this, please let me know.

I get quite a lot of reports of antisocial behaviour. Some people tell me they feel nervous going out at night because of yobbish behaviour. Others are fed up with the noise, puke and urine. Every now and again, we get spates of broken windows and other vandalism. Councillor Viv Parry and I, and town councillor Glen Ginger have been raising concerns about antisocial behaviour at the top of Corve Street for some months. Now action is being taken. CCTV cameras have an important role to play in monitoring hotspots of bad behaviour. Two new cameras are to be installed at the end of July. One will monitor the benches on Parkway outside the Library. The other will view the area of the Compasses towards the Bull Hotel. Hopefully when people know that they are being filmed, they will behave better. If not, the camera evidence will mean that we can identify the people involved. These cameras will only be in place for twelve weeks. Bronze Level Tasking– a multi-agency body that focuses on operational matters related to crime and disorder – will then decide is permanent cameras are justified. There are no cameras covering the embankments below the castle…

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