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Monday, February 2, 2015

County to change pest control service

Denbighshire County Council is informing residents of changes to its Pest Control service as of 1st April 2015.

The Council has been looking at ways of finding £17 million in cuts from services across the board and  introducing a different way of delivering the Pest Control service has been agreed.

Currently, the Council manages pest control through carrying out inspections and visits to treat properties (private and commercial) that have pest problems such as rats, mice, seagulls as requested. Some of the pest control service is chargeable. 

From April 1st onwards, the Council will be acting as an advice and signposting service for consumers with calls by the public being dealt with directly by the Council’s Customer Service Centre.

Councillor David Smith, Cabinet Lead Member for Public Protection, said: “Pest Contol  is a non-statutory function that sits within the Council’s Public Protection service and every single service has been asked to consider all of its functions, and look at ways of delivering things differently.

“We have a statutory duty and responsibility to maintain public health for residents and that is why we are not phasing out the service entirely.

“We will be regularly reviewing any developing trends and will respond appropriately if there’s a risk to public health.”  Although the service officially changes as of 1st April 2015, the Council will not be dealing with any new cases as of 1st March, to ensure that all those remaining are dealt with."

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