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'Significant' rat problem at Kingsclere allotments

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Concerns have been raised over a “significant” rat problem in Kingsclere, particularly in the village allotments.

The issue was discussed at a Kingsclere Parish Council meeting, where it was reported that there has been a big rise in the number of rats in the village since Covid began.

Councillor Nicola Peach, who has a plot at the allotment, said: “They’re everywhere.

There is a "significant" rat problem at the allotments
There is a "significant" rat problem at the allotments

“We’ve got people growing food there and Basingstoke and Deane have a children’s play area directly next to the allotments, so if we allow it to get any worse we have a health issue.

“They’re around in the middle of the day – I accidentally trod on one, that’s how tame they are.”

The council agreed to accept a quote for a “blitz” of the rats, paying £160 to Hampshire Bird & Pest Solutions for four visits, and will provide advice to allotment holders.

It will then review the situation and decide if further eradication programmes are needed.

The parish council will also report the issue to the borough council to address the problem on its own land.

Kingsclere Parish Council manages one allotment, on Longcroft Road next to the community orchard.

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