WIGAN Council has acted decisively to rid a patch of land in Wigan town centre of vermin.
Small holes have appeared on the area of grass on Powell Street, sparking fears of a rat infestation and now the Council has posted warning letters urging the owners to take action.
The land is on the location of drains which served two addresses on Powell Street.
It is also just a stone’s throw away from a number of pubs and restaurants as well as Wigan town centre shops, although it is believed that none of these have been affected by any rats or mice.
The Council has put a notice on the land, urging the owners to take steps ensuring that the land is free of all vermin.
On the notice, the owners have been given four orders to comply with by September 23 – three weeks today. They must ensure that the land is excavated at all holes in the ground to ensure no rats or mice can roam the land.
They must also identify the disused drains and seal off both drains which served numbers 1 and 3 Powell Street and reinstate the ground to its original condition.
The council has posted the notice to comply with section 4 of the Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949, which states that the Local Authority should make steps to take action for the destruction of rats or mice on land.