Brinklow residents frustrated by council's response to fly infestation - The Rugby Observer

Brinklow residents frustrated by council's response to fly infestation

Rugby Editorial 29th Aug, 2016 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

A PLAGUE of flies infesting Brinklow is taking too long to buzz off.

Environmental health chiefs at Rugby Borough Council launched an investigation in May after swarms of house flies invaded homes in the village.

But three months on and the flies have not gone away – prompting angry residents to demand the council step up moves to get rid of the flies.

The council identified a number of possible sources – and one unnamed site was issued an abatement notice in an effort to control the problem, or face court action.

But the council has admitted the site may not be the only main source of the flies and is on the hunt for more – but warns it may take more time.

Council environment spokeswoman Coun Heather Timms said: “It takes quite a long time to identify places where the original fly source was but then you get multiple fly sources because of the general rise in the population of the flies in the area.”

Verna Zinclair, the council’s Principal Environmental Health Officer said progress was being made.

She told The Observer: “We have undertaken extensive investigation and inspections into several areas inclusive of stockpiles of treated sludge, treated sewage and slurry spreading.

“We are working with farmers to ensure good agricultural practice is undertaken and to promote the ploughing in of manure as soon as possible after spreading has occurred.

“This department has no control over such practices unless it can be proven there is a link between a specific nuisance and a specific premises.”

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