STAFF from Sedgemoor District Council’s environmental protection team had received complaints from a resident in Burnham-on-Sea about an un-occupied neighbouring property with an extremely overgrown garden.

The bramble cover was attracting rats and vermin, as well the overgrown vegetation encroaching into nearby properties.

After months of trying to the track down and contact the absent owner, the team applied to the courts for a warrant under the Public Health Act.

Alongside pest control staff, they examined the property.

The garden was cleared by Sedgemoor’s Clean Surrounds Team and bait was put out for rats.

Underneath the mass of brambles and weeds, the cleaning team found a car and a boat.



The neighbours have now reported a significant improvement in rat activity and were grateful for the council’s help.