Caldicot residents claim problem with flies is still continuing
9:00am Monday 3rd September 2012 in News
HOUSEHOLDERS in Caldicot say a problem with flies is still buzzing on nearly three months after the problem first surfaced in the news.
Residents of Estuary View told the Free Press in June thousands of the germ-ridden insects were invading their gardens every week, which they believed were attracted by council waste lorries parked at the back of their homes and the hot weather.
Jean Saye said since Wormtech has been prevented from taking in the council's food and green waste from last month, two more dust carts have been parked at the Severn Bridge Industrial Estate.
When the fly problem was reported, Monmouthshire council said it would deal with it by instructing the local supervisor to disinfect the lorries on a regular basis.
But Mrs Saye said the problem has not been solved.
She said: "We cook food, sit down to eat it and the flies are either flying over your food or landing on it.
It is just getting beyond a joke now."
She said other residents have complained to the council that the lorries and the flies are still an issue.
"Surely there is somewhere they can park the dust carts away from people's homes?" she added.
In June, another resident Clare Nurden called the situation a "living hell" after her rabbit had to be put down because the flies laid eggs and maggots burrowed into her skin.
Roger Hoggins, Head of Infrastructure, Networks and Sustainability, confirmed two extra vehicles are being parked at the industrial estate temporarily, but there was no indication they have attracted more flies.
"I'm sorry that householders close to the depot are encountering problems with flies this year but I do wonder if there are generally greater numbers of flies around this summer than in recent years," he said.
"The vehicles have been parked in the same position in the depot for many years and we have not received a complaint of this nature previously as far as I am aware.
"We have also ensured that the vehicles are washed and disinfected regularly, and we have had the site inspected by Environmental Health colleagues who could find no evidence of higher levels of fly infestation or breeding," he added.