Residents of Cork apartment complex draft petition to have rubbish drawing 'plague of rats' removed

Residents of Cork apartment complex draft petition to have rubbish drawing 'plague of rats' removed

Cllr. Ted Tynan with with residents in the courtyard at the back of the flats in Glenamoy Lawn, Mayfield, where people have dumped rubbish which has caused an infestation of rats. Picture Dan Linehan

Residents of an apartment complex on the northside of the city have drafted a petition to Cork City Council calling for an immediate clean up of the courtyard of the property.

Glenamoy Lawn in Mayfield has an enclosed courtyard which once housed a play area for children and has now become a dumping ground for rubbish.

Residents claim the area has attracted a plague of rats, with one resident saying they are at their “wits’ end”.

The petition has received over 30 signatures from those with concerns in relation to the rodent infestation and the dangers posed to the health and wellbeing of residents.

Resident Nicole Woods told The Echo that a further eight to ten rats were spotted in the hallway of her flat when she and a friend were taking out the bins on Monday night.

She said that the rats have been seen “climbing up the walls” and that residents are “living in absolute fear”.

 Cllr. Ted Tynan with Shirley Quinn pointing to the dead rat in the courtyard at the back of the flats in Glenamoy Lawn, Mayfield, where people have dumped rubbish. Picture Dan Linehan
Cllr. Ted Tynan with Shirley Quinn pointing to the dead rat in the courtyard at the back of the flats in Glenamoy Lawn, Mayfield, where people have dumped rubbish. Picture Dan Linehan

“This has been an issue numerous times with these flats. The illegal dumping out the back has gone beyond a joke. I feel like I am getting nowhere and we are living in absolute fear,” she said.

Stephanie Murphy who has two young children aged seven and eight said that the situation, although escalated in recent months, has been ongoing for the past three years.

She said that her garden fence has been “chewed by rats”.

“It's affecting us all, I can't open my back door or kitchen window because it faces out the back,” she said.

 Some of the rubbish at the back of the flats in Glenamoy Lawn, Mayfield, Cork. Picture Dan Linehan
Some of the rubbish at the back of the flats in Glenamoy Lawn, Mayfield, Cork. Picture Dan Linehan

Estella Woods said she witnessed six rats jump out of her bins when she was taking them out for collection recently.

She said that she fears for her health and her children’s health as they cannot open any windows or doors which is causing dampness in the house.

“Pest Control has come out and said that it’s an ongoing problem and until the rubbish problem is sorted, it’s pointless,” she said.

Worker’s Party councillor Ted Tynan said that he is asking the City Council to “clean up the courtyard and make it a pleasant place and a safe place for these residents to live”.

Cork City Council has been contacted by The Echo for comment.

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