Soham City Council is responding to the increase in the city’s rat population


Residents may begin to be concerned that rats could be a problem again this winter after some were sighted in a Cambridgeshire town.

The rats were found on Brook Dam Lane in Soham and were camera-captured by a resident who said they see “10 plus every day” in the area.

“I don’t live near this area, so it doesn’t affect me personally, but it is the concerns about illness and children that visit me,” said the resident.

After the photos were posted on social media, other residents and the surrounding area raised concerns about the rodents.

As a winter approximation, an increase in the rat population in Soham has been identified.
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It is believed that more rats have emerged in the Brook Dam Lane / Causeway area as ducks are usually fed near the Soham Lode Drain.

With abundant food sources in public spaces such as residential areas, it is likely that the rat population could increase.

Rats spotted near Brook Dam Lane in Soham

As a winter approximation, an increase in the rat population in Soham has been identified.
– Credit: Submitted

District and County Councilor Mark Goldsack said the East Cambridgeshire County Council’s environmental services team is investigating the problem.

“I think it’s a terrible situation,” he said.

“The environmental health team was interviewed on Friday October 8th on the matter.

“An official has seen evidence of rats in the area and will be contacting Soham City Council.”

Cllr Goldsack said the Soham rat population could be discussed at a city council meeting tonight (Monday).

Bait boxes could also be used in the Brook Dam Lane / Causeway areas of Soham, as well as elsewhere in the city, to help combat the problem.

Mark Goldsack, who was re-elected to Soham North and Isleham Divisions of East Cambs Council

Cllr Mark Goldsack described the current rat situation in Soham as “hideous”.
– Photo credit: Ben Jolley

“It looks like some permanent bait boxes will be required rather than a one-off attempt to free the rats for good,” he said.

“The environmental health team is there, talking to other authorities and hoping to get back to the area as soon as possible.”

In 2020, the rat population in the district had increased rapidly.

Data from Pest.co.uk showed that Ely harbored 44,439 rats, an increase of nearly 10,000 from 2019.

In Cambridge, the rat population has increased by 25 percent.

Reasons such as Covid-19 bans, vacant commercial properties and poor waste management are said to have caused the upswing.

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