Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

16/08/10 Council put money ahead of safety as child forced out o

A young child has been forced to sleep on a couch as her bedroom has become infested with wasps. West Lancashire Borough Council demanded £40 to send pest control to solve the problem. Money the family could not afford to pay.

West Lancashire MP visited the home of Mr Morton to see for herself the problem.  Rosie saw the swarm of wasps getting into the roof space because of a gap between the facia boards and the bricks.

There appears to be marks on the bedroom ceiling coming through from where the nest is located.

Rosie Cooper said:

“After visiting the property I wrote to the Borough Council seeking appropriate action but they seem to be adamant that the provision of a Pest Control Service is a discretionary service which they do not have to provide and where they do so it will be chargeable.”    
“The housing department says it has nothing to do with them and that the problem is the responsibility of the Community Services Department.”
“I disagree with that as it would appear that the fascia boards are slightly pulled away from the brickwork to allow the passage of a cable and because of this design feature I believe the wasps have gained access to the roof space.” 
“This could happen to any other houses in the area and the Council should now ensure that all these fascia boards are sealed to prevent access of wasps and bees and pay for the eradication of these nests where they fail to do so.”
“I cannot believe that the council is prepared to allow a young child to sleep on a couch for the sake of £40.  Surely In these difficult times councils have to be more understanding and flexible and use some commonsense.  I’m sure that both parties could reach an agreement.”

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