Powys County Councillors have voted in favour of re-establishing a Council-run Pest Control Service. The agreement was reached after Welsh Labour Councillors Sandra Davies (Cwmtwrch Ward) and Matthew Dorrance (St John Ward) put forward a motion to the Council’s 15th July 2021 meeting.
The successful vote means the Conservative and Independent ruling Cabinet will now be charged with implementing the Council’s decision.
Powys County Council scrapped its Pest Control Service in 2014. That forced residents to hire private contractors to deal with pests like rats and mice.
Cllr Sandra Davies said: “I am very pleased that Councillors have recognised that Powys County Council is best placed to deliver a Pest Control Service on behalf of its residents, but it is disappointing that Councillors from the ruling Conservative and Independent Cabinet opposed it.”
“Whilst I recognise that Pest Control Services are not statutory services, they are important and very much needed in our communities. This has been recognised by the Council and we are grateful to all the Councillors who supported the motion.”
Cllr Matthew Dorrance added: “It is good news that the Council has voted to establish a much-needed Council-run Pest Control Service. For too long residents and our communities have been left high and dry by the Council.
“The Council has made the right decision and I hope the ruling Cabinet move without delay to re-establish the important service.”