RESIDENTS fear a long-standing rat problem may have returned.
Residents on Mill Lane in Buckley say they have been beset by issues with vermin in the past after rats were spotted scuttling down the road in broad daylight earlier this week.
A Leader reporter witnessed the problem first-hand as rats ran in off the street into the back garden of one property.
People living on the street confirmed they have been plagued by the problem in the past and are concerned by the recent sighting with councillors fearing a major issue.
Joan Jones, who has lived on Mill Lane since the 1980s, said: “We did have problems a couple of years ago which lasted around three or four months so to hear the rats could be back is a concern.
“We would see rats running across our back garden before the rat catcher came and dealt with it. If they’re back, I hope something is done quickly.”
Colin Andrews, who runs a car upholstery service off Mill Lane, said he’d caught a rat inside his workplace and said: “I’m not too concerned but I certainly don’t want them coming inside.
“I’ve seen them outside in the yard and I’ve caught one inside where I work during the last six months.
“Bin bags and food recycling tubs will attract them if left out overnight but that doesn’t happen often here.”
Another resident, Jean Ghisona added: “They have been seen here in the past.
“I always close my door when I go outside as there is a chance something could get in the house although I haven’t seen any rats recently.”
Buckley councillor Carol Ellis said: “It’s very frightening to learn that there are rats on the street.
“There have been problems with rats in the town in the past but to see them in broad daylight could mean a major issue.”
Scott Rowley, Flintshire Council’s interim public protection manager said: “The pest control service currently baits and inspects drains in the area every three months to minimise the risk of such problems emerging again.
“Recent inspections have shown no sign of rats.
“If residents find traces of, or see rats in or around their property, then they should contact the pest control service on 01352 701234.”