Allotments used to get a regular “rat man” service ! This service has generally been downgraded over the years to an “as and when required” facility for allotments.
Until now, the service has been available on request and free of charge for allotments.
The Council website (see under Pest Control), says that from 1st April 2015, the service for rat infestation that was available to domestic properties free of charge is being withdrawn and a charge of £43.92 for an initial visit and up to two follow-up visits is being imposed.
Allotments were always considered to be “domestic properties”, hence the free service previously. As the change applies to all residents in the Borough we have no reason to plead any special exemption.
The “call out” charge for commercial properties is £74.80, so make sure the Council are aware that allotments are considered to be “domestic properties”. Phone 0161 217-6017