Action taken after residents complained of plague of rats

Daily Echo: Council acts on rat problem - thanks to Daily Echo Council acts on rat problem - thanks to Daily Echo

SOUTHAMPTON residents plagued by a rat problem in their homes are finally to get a reprieve – thanks to the Daily Echo.

As we reported yesterday, rats have been causing problems for families living in Coxford.

Those living in a terraced row of houses in Aldermoor Avenue have told how they are terrified of the rodents.

Families told how they could hear the sounds of scuttling and biting, and some have even reported seeing dead rats outside their home.

The infestation became so bad that one woman was thinking of moving out because of the stress and anxiety it was causing her.

She said Southampton City Council would not plug the hole in her attic, which pest control experts believed the problem stemmed from and the council told her she had to deal with it herself.

Just hours after we revealed her plight the council stepped in to solve the problem.

The 53-year-old woman who did not want to be named, said: “If it was not for the help of the Daily Echo it would not have ever got sorted. I hope that it will solve the rat problem once and for all.”

Councillor for Coxford Ward, Don Thomas was equally delighted to see the problem resolved, he said: “I’m pleased that the council, after intervention from the Southern Daily Echo, finally reacted to a worried and very anxious council tenant request to repair what is literally a rat-run in the loft.”

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2:42pm Sat 1 Feb 14

Paramjit Bahia says...

Both Daily Echo and ward councillor for Coxford Cllr Don Thomas deserve apperciation for publically naming and shaming Southanpton Council, which is under the control of de-humanised NuLabourite mob of Miliband.

It is a matter of greatest regret that the good old Labour Party that in 1960s used to support the tenants who were victims of shark landlords like Rackman has while transforming itself into unofficial right wing of the Conservatives called NuLabour started to shamelessly behaving like the notorious landlord of the 60s.

Sadly rather than feeling embrassed by the disgraceful attitude of NuLabour run Southampton Council, the fans of Miliband on this site were busy pushing the blame for rat problem in Coxford on to the tenants and attacking Cllr Don Thomas because he always stands by the people of the area he represents.

It will be interesting to observe what spin the usual well briefed and sharp brains (pity they do not use constructively) supporters of the likes of the Leader of Council Cllr. Simon Letts will put on this climb down by the Council forced by The Echo and principled Councillor Don Thomas.
Both Daily Echo and ward councillor for Coxford Cllr Don Thomas deserve apperciation for publically naming and shaming Southanpton Council, which is under the control of de-humanised NuLabourite mob of Miliband. It is a matter of greatest regret that the good old Labour Party that in 1960s used to support the tenants who were victims of shark landlords like Rackman has while transforming itself into unofficial right wing of the Conservatives called NuLabour started to shamelessly behaving like the notorious landlord of the 60s. Sadly rather than feeling embrassed by the disgraceful attitude of NuLabour run Southampton Council, the fans of Miliband on this site were busy pushing the blame for rat problem in Coxford on to the tenants and attacking Cllr Don Thomas because he always stands by the people of the area he represents. It will be interesting to observe what spin the usual well briefed and sharp brains (pity they do not use constructively) supporters of the likes of the Leader of Council Cllr. Simon Letts will put on this climb down by the Council forced by The Echo and principled Councillor Don Thomas. Paramjit Bahia
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2:43pm Sat 1 Feb 14

BorislawGeorgiew says...

The midnight rats are scratching
In their nest above the ceiling;
Atop the mildewed corner where
The wallpaper is peeling.
Burrowing their claws
Along the fringes of my dreams;
Gnawing at my solitude
To burst it through the seams.
The midnight rats are scratching In their nest above the ceiling; Atop the mildewed corner where The wallpaper is peeling. Burrowing their claws Along the fringes of my dreams; Gnawing at my solitude To burst it through the seams. BorislawGeorgiew
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5:47pm Sat 1 Feb 14

Inform Al says...

Paramjit Bahia wrote:
Both Daily Echo and ward councillor for Coxford Cllr Don Thomas deserve apperciation for publically naming and shaming Southanpton Council, which is under the control of de-humanised NuLabourite mob of Miliband.

It is a matter of greatest regret that the good old Labour Party that in 1960s used to support the tenants who were victims of shark landlords like Rackman has while transforming itself into unofficial right wing of the Conservatives called NuLabour started to shamelessly behaving like the notorious landlord of the 60s.

Sadly rather than feeling embrassed by the disgraceful attitude of NuLabour run Southampton Council, the fans of Miliband on this site were busy pushing the blame for rat problem in Coxford on to the tenants and attacking Cllr Don Thomas because he always stands by the people of the area he represents.

It will be interesting to observe what spin the usual well briefed and sharp brains (pity they do not use constructively) supporters of the likes of the Leader of Council Cllr. Simon Letts will put on this climb down by the Council forced by The Echo and principled Councillor Don Thomas.
The failings in the housing department have little to do with the current politicians, who probably were unaware of the departments lack of respomse. The downhill slope of the housing department started under Cabinet Member for Housing Peter Baillie, the worst one we've ever had, who followed the best one ever, Phil Williams. As it happens both Tories. The current Member, Cllr Warwick Payne is also good, but to get his help you actually have to make sure he is aware of the problem. Picking on a political party for the failings of a council dept is a sure sign of ignorance of what is happening.
[quote][p][bold]Paramjit Bahia[/bold] wrote: Both Daily Echo and ward councillor for Coxford Cllr Don Thomas deserve apperciation for publically naming and shaming Southanpton Council, which is under the control of de-humanised NuLabourite mob of Miliband. It is a matter of greatest regret that the good old Labour Party that in 1960s used to support the tenants who were victims of shark landlords like Rackman has while transforming itself into unofficial right wing of the Conservatives called NuLabour started to shamelessly behaving like the notorious landlord of the 60s. Sadly rather than feeling embrassed by the disgraceful attitude of NuLabour run Southampton Council, the fans of Miliband on this site were busy pushing the blame for rat problem in Coxford on to the tenants and attacking Cllr Don Thomas because he always stands by the people of the area he represents. It will be interesting to observe what spin the usual well briefed and sharp brains (pity they do not use constructively) supporters of the likes of the Leader of Council Cllr. Simon Letts will put on this climb down by the Council forced by The Echo and principled Councillor Don Thomas.[/p][/quote]The failings in the housing department have little to do with the current politicians, who probably were unaware of the departments lack of respomse. The downhill slope of the housing department started under Cabinet Member for Housing Peter Baillie, the worst one we've ever had, who followed the best one ever, Phil Williams. As it happens both Tories. The current Member, Cllr Warwick Payne is also good, but to get his help you actually have to make sure he is aware of the problem. Picking on a political party for the failings of a council dept is a sure sign of ignorance of what is happening. Inform Al
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6:39pm Sat 1 Feb 14

Lone Ranger. says...

Paramjit Bahia wrote:
Both Daily Echo and ward councillor for Coxford Cllr Don Thomas deserve apperciation for publically naming and shaming Southanpton Council, which is under the control of de-humanised NuLabourite mob of Miliband.

It is a matter of greatest regret that the good old Labour Party that in 1960s used to support the tenants who were victims of shark landlords like Rackman has while transforming itself into unofficial right wing of the Conservatives called NuLabour started to shamelessly behaving like the notorious landlord of the 60s.

Sadly rather than feeling embrassed by the disgraceful attitude of NuLabour run Southampton Council, the fans of Miliband on this site were busy pushing the blame for rat problem in Coxford on to the tenants and attacking Cllr Don Thomas because he always stands by the people of the area he represents.

It will be interesting to observe what spin the usual well briefed and sharp brains (pity they do not use constructively) supporters of the likes of the Leader of Council Cllr. Simon Letts will put on this climb down by the Council forced by The Echo and principled Councillor Don Thomas.
Paramjit ....... just so that we are clear and that your sour comments were not directed at me i will confirm .......
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I certainly didnt push any of the blame for the rats onto the residents of Coxford or indeed attack Don. However expressed MY view that if i was in threir position I would have taken some action myself rather that wait for help from the Council as i would not have asked my family to endure such a scenario ........... Obviously others see differently
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It also seems rather strange to me that that you condemn and accuse other posters of spin ..... Yet are quite happy to practice the art of it yourself.
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As an educated person you will notice that, If you read my posts in their entirity, that i did not offer any criticism of Don's work ethic or his dedication to his people ...... I simply do not like the way the way his jumping ship was done.
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That would be true to any other local or National Politician IRRESPECTIVE of "Team Colours"
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Kind Regards
[quote][p][bold]Paramjit Bahia[/bold] wrote: Both Daily Echo and ward councillor for Coxford Cllr Don Thomas deserve apperciation for publically naming and shaming Southanpton Council, which is under the control of de-humanised NuLabourite mob of Miliband. It is a matter of greatest regret that the good old Labour Party that in 1960s used to support the tenants who were victims of shark landlords like Rackman has while transforming itself into unofficial right wing of the Conservatives called NuLabour started to shamelessly behaving like the notorious landlord of the 60s. Sadly rather than feeling embrassed by the disgraceful attitude of NuLabour run Southampton Council, the fans of Miliband on this site were busy pushing the blame for rat problem in Coxford on to the tenants and attacking Cllr Don Thomas because he always stands by the people of the area he represents. It will be interesting to observe what spin the usual well briefed and sharp brains (pity they do not use constructively) supporters of the likes of the Leader of Council Cllr. Simon Letts will put on this climb down by the Council forced by The Echo and principled Councillor Don Thomas.[/p][/quote]Paramjit ....... just so that we are clear and that your sour comments were not directed at me i will confirm ....... . I certainly didnt push any of the blame for the rats onto the residents of Coxford or indeed attack Don. However expressed MY view that if i was in threir position I would have taken some action myself rather that wait for help from the Council as i would not have asked my family to endure such a scenario ........... Obviously others see differently . It also seems rather strange to me that that you condemn and accuse other posters of spin ..... Yet are quite happy to practice the art of it yourself. . As an educated person you will notice that, If you read my posts in their entirity, that i did not offer any criticism of Don's work ethic or his dedication to his people ...... I simply do not like the way the way his jumping ship was done. . That would be true to any other local or National Politician IRRESPECTIVE of "Team Colours" . Kind Regards Lone Ranger.
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