Rats in rubbish mounds behind Derry homes

A dead rat photgraphed in the Duncreggan Road area today (Wednesday).
A dead rat photgraphed in the Duncreggan Road area today (Wednesday).
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SDLP Councillor Shauna Cusack has expressed “total disgust” at the mountain of rubbish being allowed to accumulate behind some rental properties in the Duncreggan Road area.

Ms Cusack said Foyle MLA Mark H Durkan’s office is now being contacted on an almost daily basis by residents of the surrounding streets over the issue.

A mound of binliners filled with rubbish spotted in the Duncreggan Road area this week.

A mound of binliners filled with rubbish spotted in the Duncreggan Road area this week.

Worryingly, rats have been spotted by residents’ gardens and along back lanes, Colr. Cusack said.

Speaking as images emerged today of dead rats and heaps of black bin liners contained household waste and other rubbish.

“We are fighting a daily battle with irresponsible tenants who have no regard for their neighbours or the health and safety of their environment,” Colr. Cusack said.

“We have knocked on doors, broadcast on the radio stations and gone to the papers numerous times but the message still isn’t getting through and this recent situation has to be the most concerning yet.”

Some of the rubbish dumped to the rear of homes in the Duncreggan Road area.

Some of the rubbish dumped to the rear of homes in the Duncreggan Road area.

“I have been in touch with Environmental Health and the property management company responsible for the offending properties, and will recommend that firm action be taken and if possible fines imposed.

“It is simply unacceptable that people should be forced to live next to and endure this disgusting behaviour.

“We have bin collections, dumps and numerous other ways of disposing of waste’ Letting it pile up in a yard to attract vermin is not one of those options.”

This is the second area of Derry where rats have been reported within the past week.

Pest control experts have been sent in to Knockena on the Buncrana Road after rats and over 30 rat holes were spotted by local people.