Warrington residents paying £70 to get rid of rats when Widnes people get the service for free

Warrington Guardian: Warrington residents paying £70 to get rid of rats when Widnes people get the service for free Warrington residents paying £70 to get rid of rats when Widnes people get the service for free

HOMEOWNERS are paying out for rat removal while their counterparts across the boarder get the same service for free.

And Warrington Borough Council is charging the highest rates for rat removal than others across Cheshire.

To hire its services to remove the vermin a Warrington resident will pay £74.16.

But in Halton the service is free of charge.

Cheshire East Council charges £10 per treatment to rid the pests, and it estimates three treatments are needed.

Cheshire West and Cheshire Council charges £25 for a survey and £25 for three treatment visits while Trafford Council charges £53 for three treatments.

One resident forced to pay out and wished to remain anonymous, said: “Given all the diseases rats can carry and the potential public health issues, this seems somewhat excessive.”

A council spokesman said: “Our pest control team strives to give Warrington residents the best quality service and in comparison to our private competitors we offer a very low cost price.

“It is difficult to compare costs and different services and when we introduced charges in October 2013 we looked at what other unitary authorities were charging and went through a standard charging mechanism so we were in line with them.”

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8:09am Thu 8 May 14

Nick Tessla says...

B.O.R.D.E.R

Morons who litter should remember they are increasing the rat population.
B.O.R.D.E.R Morons who litter should remember they are increasing the rat population. Nick Tessla
  • Score: 8

9:06am Thu 8 May 14

MikeJT says...

Waiting for all the "its the council fault for introducing fortnightly bin collections". I'm not in that camp BUT it is the council responsibility as a health issue so morally and possibly legally Widnes have it right.
Waiting for all the "its the council fault for introducing fortnightly bin collections". I'm not in that camp BUT it is the council responsibility as a health issue so morally and possibly legally Widnes have it right. MikeJT
  • Score: 2

9:34am Thu 8 May 14

Brick Bazooka says...

"One resident forced to pay out and wished to remain anonymous, "

Forced? How?
"One resident forced to pay out and wished to remain anonymous, " Forced? How? Brick Bazooka
  • Score: 5

11:05am Thu 8 May 14

Daft Bob says...

Ebay - 10x 100g packs of Rat poison for £6.

We live near a canal where there are rats so put the packs down a few times a year in near entrance routes to our gardens. Only ever seen dead rats so the stuff works pretty good.

Also, many household insurance policies offer pest control for nominal fees (ours was about £17 per year) - got rid of a Wasps nest for us when private / public fees were nearer £50 - so no one is being forced to top up the councils coffers.
Ebay - 10x 100g packs of Rat poison for £6. We live near a canal where there are rats so put the packs down a few times a year in near entrance routes to our gardens. Only ever seen dead rats so the stuff works pretty good. Also, many household insurance policies offer pest control for nominal fees (ours was about £17 per year) - got rid of a Wasps nest for us when private / public fees were nearer £50 - so no one is being forced to top up the councils coffers. Daft Bob
  • Score: 6

2:21pm Thu 8 May 14

TherealLB says...

In fairness though, Widnesians probably suffer enough having to live in Widnes.... :)
In fairness though, Widnesians probably suffer enough having to live in Widnes.... :) TherealLB
  • Score: 8

2:45pm Thu 8 May 14

Squashking says...

come on gaurdian.....nobody forced them to pay out......you're a local paper, stop trying to emulate the mirror or sun newspaper etc.....
come on gaurdian.....nobody forced them to pay out......you're a local paper, stop trying to emulate the mirror or sun newspaper etc..... Squashking
  • Score: 2

6:19pm Thu 8 May 14

arthur thomas says...

I'd rather put up with the rats and pay the leaseholder charges Golden Gates housing are charging, Because they keep rehousing feral unemployable drug addled rats in my road, These are the real vermin and also attract the rats because they throw there litter and have no respect for decent people whatsoever, 70 pounds is another problem.
I'd rather put up with the rats and pay the leaseholder charges Golden Gates housing are charging, Because they keep rehousing feral unemployable drug addled rats in my road, These are the real vermin and also attract the rats because they throw there litter and have no respect for decent people whatsoever, 70 pounds is another problem. arthur thomas
  • Score: 2

11:05pm Thu 8 May 14

Knowmenot says...

Widnes residents have their black refuse bins emptied weekly.
Green and blue bins are fortnightly.
There is no argument in Halton (Widnes if you do no know) about refuse bins.
Warrington has fortnightly bins. Maybe weekly bins keep the rat population down and a free service is offered because it does not need to be used often.
Widnes residents have their black refuse bins emptied weekly. Green and blue bins are fortnightly. There is no argument in Halton (Widnes if you do no know) about refuse bins. Warrington has fortnightly bins. Maybe weekly bins keep the rat population down and a free service is offered because it does not need to be used often. Knowmenot
  • Score: 0

11:38pm Thu 8 May 14

local man says...

great debate, i agree litter is a major factor. I just dont get this "The council should pay" stuff. like Bob I live near water and have had rats, I bought a couple of traps and used poison, problem solved. The council can do whatever it wants for the residents - provided we pay for it. The more "Free" services they offer - and lets face it they can be extremely inefficient at dealing with anything - the more they have to charge in council tax.
People throw litter so much it makes me furious, young parents pushing a pram throw down fag ends and scratch cards on the school run (walk), there needs to be a link into council tax charges for street and neighborhood cleaning. The worse the area for litter, graffiti and criminal damage to public property he higher the charges. I cant remember a street cleaning vehicle visiting the road I live on, where I am working at the moment it is a very frequent occurrence. As you might be able to tell litter does wind me up :)
great debate, i agree litter is a major factor. I just dont get this "The council should pay" stuff. like Bob I live near water and have had rats, I bought a couple of traps and used poison, problem solved. The council can do whatever it wants for the residents - provided we pay for it. The more "Free" services they offer - and lets face it they can be extremely inefficient at dealing with anything - the more they have to charge in council tax. People throw litter so much it makes me furious, young parents pushing a pram throw down fag ends and scratch cards on the school run (walk), there needs to be a link into council tax charges for street and neighborhood cleaning. The worse the area for litter, graffiti and criminal damage to public property he higher the charges. I cant remember a street cleaning vehicle visiting the road I live on, where I am working at the moment it is a very frequent occurrence. As you might be able to tell litter does wind me up :) local man
  • Score: 0

12:03am Fri 9 May 14

Brick Bazooka says...

local man wrote:
great debate, i agree litter is a major factor. I just dont get this "The council should pay" stuff. like Bob I live near water and have had rats, I bought a couple of traps and used poison, problem solved. The council can do whatever it wants for the residents - provided we pay for it. The more "Free" services they offer - and lets face it they can be extremely inefficient at dealing with anything - the more they have to charge in council tax.
People throw litter so much it makes me furious, young parents pushing a pram throw down fag ends and scratch cards on the school run (walk), there needs to be a link into council tax charges for street and neighborhood cleaning. The worse the area for litter, graffiti and criminal damage to public property he higher the charges. I cant remember a street cleaning vehicle visiting the road I live on, where I am working at the moment it is a very frequent occurrence. As you might be able to tell litter does wind me up :)
You're just trash talkin' ha ha
[quote][p][bold]local man[/bold] wrote: great debate, i agree litter is a major factor. I just dont get this "The council should pay" stuff. like Bob I live near water and have had rats, I bought a couple of traps and used poison, problem solved. The council can do whatever it wants for the residents - provided we pay for it. The more "Free" services they offer - and lets face it they can be extremely inefficient at dealing with anything - the more they have to charge in council tax. People throw litter so much it makes me furious, young parents pushing a pram throw down fag ends and scratch cards on the school run (walk), there needs to be a link into council tax charges for street and neighborhood cleaning. The worse the area for litter, graffiti and criminal damage to public property he higher the charges. I cant remember a street cleaning vehicle visiting the road I live on, where I am working at the moment it is a very frequent occurrence. As you might be able to tell litter does wind me up :)[/p][/quote]You're just trash talkin' ha ha Brick Bazooka
  • Score: 0

12:59pm Mon 12 May 14

Skippy321 says...

Knowmenot wrote:
Widnes residents have their black refuse bins emptied weekly. Green and blue bins are fortnightly. There is no argument in Halton (Widnes if you do no know) about refuse bins. Warrington has fortnightly bins. Maybe weekly bins keep the rat population down and a free service is offered because it does not need to be used often.
Correction , Widnes residents have our black refuse bins emptied fortnightly
[quote][p][bold]Knowmenot[/bold] wrote: Widnes residents have their black refuse bins emptied weekly. Green and blue bins are fortnightly. There is no argument in Halton (Widnes if you do no know) about refuse bins. Warrington has fortnightly bins. Maybe weekly bins keep the rat population down and a free service is offered because it does not need to be used often.[/p][/quote]Correction , Widnes residents have our black refuse bins emptied fortnightly Skippy321
  • Score: 0

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