Saturday 12 August 2017 10.26pm
I live right by Emma Cons and although I understand there will be a permanent rat presence locally, I've never seen a rat there in the 12 years I've lived here. Until this week. Now the garden beds are overrun with them - there must be around 20 of them. I've never seen anything like it. You can see them running about in broad daylight, and in and out of the full rubbish bags left by the Lambeth street cleaners each day.
This is going on about 15m from the shared garden of my block of flats, where our children play.
The suggestion is that the rats have suddenly appeared due to being disturbed by the works in Waterloo Station
Lambeth Pest Control apparently only deal with infestations in buildings, Environmental Health called me back but say they can't do anything because you can't do anything about rats in a public place. I have asked that they (the Council) urgently stop leaving rubbish bags there, but 10+ have been left there today and when I passed about an hour ago rats were swarming all over them.
I've been taking photos & videos and emailing them to Environmental Health, though I'm not expecting any further response until Monday. I'm just wondering if any other SE1-ers have had similar problems and would appreciate any advice. I'm planning on going to a local Councillor if I don't have any joy with Lambeth this week.