Rat infested bins leave Hatfield residents disgusted
PUBLISHED: 08:00 07 September 2018
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A Hatfield man feels like he's "living in a third world country" after a large rat jumped out of an overflowing wheelie bin and landed on his chest.
Robert Clark told the Welwyn Hatfield Times how the residents of two blocks of flats in Roe Green Lane are fed up with the binmen not taking away all their rubbish, which in turn has led to a rat infestation.
The residents have three large metal wheelie bins, which regularly become overfilled.
Mr Clark, who is a builder by trade, said the problem had been ongoing for about eight years despite his complaints to Welwyn Hatfield Council.
The 50-year-old, whose girlfriend lives in one of the flats with her daughter, said: “I’m literally on the phone to the council every week complaining.
“The other day I was on the phone for an hour.
“You’re banging you head against a brick wall.
“I’m at the end of my tether. It’s like living in a third world country.
“Last week there was rubbish all over the car park.”
He said if rubbish falls out when the bins are being moved to be emptied, it is just left on the ground.
He also claims he has seen the binmen take excess rubbish out of the bins and leave it on the ground.
A week ago when Mr Clark was throwing rubbish into one bin, he was left startled when a large rat jumped out of another and landed on his chest.
He said: “I managed to bat it away.
“It did make me quiver though.”
Some of the residents have been using air guns to shoot at the rats, which can be seen scuttling around in a tree next to the bins.
Mr Clark said: “I spend so much on air gun pellets.
“Two or three of the neighbours shoot them as well.
“It’s like a sport now.
“It’s just horrific.”
Residents are also afraid of parking their cars or vans near the bins for fear of rats chewing through cables.
A council spokeswoman said: “Mr Clark has been in touch with us over the past couple of years to report missed collections, missing bins and litter.
“We thank him for bringing those issues to our attention.
“We’re sorry Mr Clark is disappointed with the service and are investigating his complaint made to us last week with the crews.”