Welsh council votes to restore pest control service

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Councillors have voted to bring pest control services several years after Powys County Council after axing it.

At a full council meeting last week, Labour councillor Sandra Davies, seconded by group leader, Cllr Mathew Dorrance, put forward a motion to re-establish the service.

Cllr Dorrance said: “We know that our communities across Powys are suffering issues of vermin and pests. I’m receiving increased calls about pests in people’s homes, particularly rats and it’s causing hardship.”

Cllr Dorrance highlighted that other Welsh councils, including Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion, Gwynedd, Neath Port Talbot, Gwynedd and Blaenau Gwent still run pest control services.

He pointed out that between 2012 and 2014 when the service was scrapped it had cost in the region of £100,000 and dropped to £50,000.

With an £8 million surplus in its 2020/21 budget, Cllr Dorrance believed re-instating the service could be afforded.

“It’s the right thing for residents and our communities,” he said.

Powys County Council ceased offering a pest control service in March 2014, due to decreasing demand for it.


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