Cleethorpes’ Pier Gardens overrun with rats running between benches
Local residents and holidaymakers were shocked when they saw rats running riot in Pier Gardens while they were enjoying the sun and having a picnic.
According to some eyewitnesses there were around 30 rats running around in five minutes around Cleethorpes Pier Gardens.
Most of the rats are around the picnic area but others can be seen in other areas of Cleethorpes Pier Gardens.
A spokesman for North East Lincolnshire Council have said they are aware of the problem and urging people to use the bins provided.
One woman we spoke to said she was shocked to see all the rats running around and wants to know what the council are doing about it.
Another woman said she will never return to Cleethorpes again and says it is shocking that the council know about the problem but have done nothing to solve it.
One local business owner in Cleethorpes who did not want to be named said North East Lincolnshire Council should be ashamed of themselves.
“This is going to put people off from coming to Cleethorpes. Many day trippers and holidaymakers have said they will not return to Cleethorpes again due to the lack of facilities. But this latest problem is set to put more people off.”
North East Lincolnshire Council have said: “We are taking action in Pier Gardens to keep the rats under control.
Although the council have said they are taking action, many local businesses and tourists have said it is too little too late.
One local Cleethorpes business owners told us that this is just one of the many reasons why North East Lincolnshire Council should not be in charge of Cleethorpes. According to the business owner, Cleethorpes needs its own council and experts who understand tourism.