New Nottinghamshire housing development causes 'influx' of mice into nearby properties, residents claim

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Work on a new housing development in Stapleford is causing an ‘influx’ of mice in nearby homes and gardens, residents claim.

People living on and near Ilkeston Road have noticed an increase in the rodent visitors since work began on the Field Farm development, claiming the tearing down of hedges on the site is forcing the animals to move.

They have seen an increase in the number of the animals in their gardens and brought in to their houses by their cats, and one woman even believes a mouse got in her cupboard and ate her food overnight.

Melody Hart, 43, a business owner who has lived on nearby Melbourne Street for the past 13 years, has “never had a problem with mice before”, but since work began on the nearby fields her cat Rigby has started bringing a number of them in to her home alive.

She said: “He brought in five little mice in the first week after work on the hedges started about three weeks ago.

“I have now had to stop letting him in through the window and I have to check his mouth before he comes in.

Melody Hart next to the building works in Stapleford

Melody Hart next to the building works in Stapleford

“It is just not very nice to have mice brought in through your kitchen window. They are obviously running across the road and finding refuge in people’s gardens.

“I think the development is a shame because it is disturbing all the wildlife, there used to be all sorts living there.

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“I love animals so I am worried about them because all their burrows, little dens and homes are being destroyed.”

The Field Farm site is a 450-home development by W Westermans Ltd on former farmland outside Stapleford and the first phase, building 118 homes, is now underway.

Work was able to begin after the Government overturned a decision made by Broxtowe Borough Council in April 2016 to refuse a planning application for the homes on farmland off Ilkeston Road.

Work is underway at the site.

Work is underway at the site.

Naomie Dodsley, a 29-year-old mum of two young children, said: “I have lived here for seven years and never seen a mouse before.

“Now I’ve seen them in the garden three times in the last couple of weeks. There has been an influx of them.

“I do not like them at all, I daren’t go in to my shed anymore or leave the back door open.

“I am not happy with the situation, I think it is quite bad. I have a 10-year-old daughter and I do not want her going out in to the garden on her own with mice running around.”

Independent councillor Richard MacRae, who lives on the road, added: “Residents have been getting in touch saying they have been getting mice in the gardens or going in to their house and eating their food.

“My neighbour told me that they brought some shopping home and when they came downstairs in the morning the biscuits and a whole tub of Pringles had been gone through by mice.”

A spokeswoman for Broxtowe Borough Council said: “The council is not aware of this issue, but it can be common on construction sites.

“We no longer offer a pest control service, but would advise residents to check for any areas where animals could be getting in to the house.

“Advice is available on our website and if anyone is particularly concerned, they can contact our Environmental Health Team.”

The Post contacted W Westermans Ltd for a comment, but it had not replied at the time of publication.