A Mayfield mother of four claims that neighbours’ bins – left unemptied because of council regulations – are attracting rats.
Charlene Milligan (33), of Lawfield Road, won’t let her children play at the back of their home as she has seen rats rummaging around bins left by workers last week because the lids were not closed.
She said: “It’s getting out of hand now, I have seen rats.
“It’s getting to the stage where I think ‘why are we paying our council tax?’
“I’m refusing to let my kids go out there, I can actually see the rats scurrying about from my window. It’s a health and safety issue.
“I know Mayfield has had problems with rats before but I have not seen any for ages.”
Mrs Milligan, who has a baby and a disabled child, believes that the council is not interested in helping tackle this problem.
She said: “When you phone them you can’t get through for ages. When you do speak to someone they just say ‘there is nothing I can do’.”
Midlothian Council said: “I can confirm that Mrs Milligan telephoned us on October 24 but didn’t report any mention of rats at the time.”
Read more in the October 31 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.