Where rubbish is left to rot or attract vermin, we can require that it is removed and disposed of correctly.
Rats and Mice
Sections 2-7 of the Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949 requires Local Authorities to ensure that owners and occupiers take steps to deal with rats and mice on their premises.
Please see our Pest Control Webpage if you would like more information about a pest treatment.
Amenity and 'Grot Spots'
Sections 215 to 219 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 give Local Authorities a discretionary power to require landowners to clean up 'land adversely affecting the amenity of the neighbourhood'; this could include anything from a scruffy building to a pile of rubbish. Local Authorities also have powers to undertake clean-up works themselves under section 215 and to recover costs from the landowner.
In 2012, we dealt with 184 complaints about accumulations of waste and premises in poor condition; we dealt with 12 complaints about rodents and birds; and our Pest Control Service carried out 865 pest control treatments.
Last updated: September 2013