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Branston bees driving residents to desperation

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 02, 2014

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BRANSTON residents blighted by a plague of bees are hoping to turn to higher powers for help dealing with the problem.

People living around Burton Road, Lansdowne Road and Regent Park Road have reached a stage of desperation in their fight against the bees, which they say has been ongoing for several years.

From swarms in bushes and outside people’s homes, to a constant battle against ‘bee spotting’ on cars, homes and laundry, and growing fears that children could get stung, the issue is making people miserable.

Susan Woods, of Branston Road, told the Mail: “People shouldn’t have to live like this in their own homes. We’re spending money all the time to get the bee droppings off our cars and our properties, and it’s not right.

“If you have the window open, they fly in, and you can’t sit outside or have food there because of them.”

The bees are believed to come from hives at a home on Burton Road.

When the Mail approached the owner recently, he said there was no problem with the insects – but those living nearby beg to differ.

Cars, windows, bins – and even washing – end up covered with yellow spots as a result of the bees dropping their haul on the way back to the hive. Residents say they pay out for the sticky residue to be removed, and within hours their cars are full of it again.

A childminder living in the area says she is terrified to take the children in her charge outside, for fear they could be injured by the bees.

Tony Watson, of Warren Lane, said they often swarmed past his house on the way to pollinate.

“When they swarm it’s like a big black cloud – there’s thousands of them, and the noise is deafening.

“Everyone says they can’t help. We feel as if we’re banging our heads against a brick wall.”

The environmental health department at East Staffordshire Borough Council was involved with the issue some time ago, but a spokesman for the authority said it had no legislative powers to help.

Former Burton MP Janet Dean was involved with the issue in the past.

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