AN influx of rats in Baughurst has prompted the parish council to spend more than £1,000 to get rid of them.

The rats were spotted on parish council-owned land to the rear of Mornington Close in August, but the parish council has now been told to take action by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. Otherwise, the borough council says it will deal with the problem itself and charge Baughurst for the work.

The parish council has agreed to clear the land at a cost of £750 and the laying of bait by an approved company will cost another £480.

The bait will be laid over a period of six weeks until there is no further take from the rodents.

Tracey Cole, head of residents’ services at the borough council, said: “We have inspected the area and are working with the parish council and local residents to remove the vermin and help avoid further problems in the future.”