Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Stockton Is Not as Quiet as a Mouse; ... and There Are Lots of Those

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Stockton Is Not as Quiet as a Mouse; ... and There Are Lots of Those

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Byline: ALEX METCALFE Local Democracy Reporter alex.metcalfe@reachplc.com @Mecs_LDR

COMPLAINTS about noise are more than twice the national average in Stockton.

The figure was revealed in a round up on environmental health performance last week.

The borough saw 13.7 noise complaints per 1,000 residents in 2018/19 - whereas the national average stands at 6.3 per 1000.

Environmental health chief Steve Donaghy said the authority did receive a high number of noise complaints.

However, he told the latest health and wellbeing board Stockton was a particularly urban borough with national figures including rural areas elsewhere in the countries such as the Cotswolds. Mr Donaghy added: "Noise is a well understood environmental and health stressor - so it's something we continue to deal with."

The presentation prepared for the board showed noise complaints had held steady in recent years with a slight increase from 2017/18 to 2018/19.

Experts also heard how the council's in-house pest control team was performing.

No fewer than 881 "domestic rat treatments" were carried out last year with 306 cases of mice also dealt with.

The team also tackled 38 bedbug Noise complaints (Stockton Council) 2015/16 .....................................1,032 2016/17..................................... . 1,091 2017/18 ................... . 1,026 2018/19 .................... . 1,191 infestations and 19 cockroach cases. In October residents and staff at Winford House on The Causeway, in Billingham, complained of an infestation of bedbugs with owners Thirteen Group saying "two affected apartments, and the communal lounge, were fumigated and deep cleaned" when the issue came to light.

There are illnesses mice with Weils Mr Donaghy explained the pest control squad was an important tool in the council's arsenal as rats and mice were often vehicles for e. …

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