Sunderland city council responds to concerns that Roker Park is 'overrun' with rats

Visitors to Roker Park have been asked to help tackle its rat infestation by reporting ever sighting so that the pest control team can move in

Thursday, 27th August 2020, 4:20 pm

Sunderland City Council says it has ramped up efforts to tackle the problems in the popular park, but has urged families to help it target its rat-catching after it became overrun with rodents.

People have also been warned to not drop or leave food so that more are not attracted into the area.

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Visitors to Roker Park have been urged to contact Sunderland City Council if they spot rats so that its pest control team can act.

The fairy dell is said to be one of the worst affected areas, while streets in the marina area, including Barbary Drive and Pier View, and St George’s Terrace close to the park also highlighted as areas of concern.

A spokesperson for the council said: “We encourage residents to report all significant rodent sightings so they can be appropriately dealt with.

“We have a routine baiting programme in Roker Park and this has been stepped up recently over the summer.

“Rats are attracted to the park because it offers a natural environment with harbourage, water and a food supply.

“We would encourage all residents, businesses and visitors to dispose of their litter appropriately and not to leave food waste as it can attract rodents.”

St Peter’s Councillor Joshua McKeith and fellow ward member Councillor Shirley Leadbitter, along with future election candidate Sam Johnston, raised the issue with the council after they received complaints.

A damaged sewer is suspected to be the cause of the infestation there.

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