A ‘DISGUSTING’, litter-strewn footpath in Stretton could be attracting rats to nearby homes, it has been claimed.
Concerns have been raised several times over the state of the footpath running from the Claypits Conservation Area to St Luke’s Road, but rubbish remains an issue on the route.
Nearby residents are now reaching the end of their tether, and have called for action from East Staffordshire Borough Council and De Ferrers School, which has the path on its boundary.
Bob Richardson, who lives nearby and regularly uses the path, said the problem was caused by rubbish getting stuck in and under the hedge which runs along its length.
He added: “The whole path is disgusting. It’s alright in the summer, as foliage covers the whole area, but in winter it’s horrible.
“The rats could be attracted to the sweet cans.”
One house near to the path suffered an infestation of rats 18 months ago, he told the Mail, though that problem has now been solved.
Mr Richardson said he had been campaigning for some time to get the path cleaned up, adding that he had been to the school on several occasions to ask if pupils could be educated about littering, if they are the culprits, and see if anything could be done from their side of the fence.
He has also spoken to the borough and county councils about the issues, he added.
However, it seems his efforts have been to no avail.
A spokesman for East Staffordshire Borough Council said the path was regularly swept, and plans would be made for litter to be picked from the hedge over the next week.
He added: “The council also intends to liaise with the school with regard to addressing the problem of littering in general and to seek a more long-term solution.”