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Residents demand action over fly outbreak
RESIDENTS have demanded action to tackle an outbreak of flies causing misery in a North Yorkshire village.
Villagers in Finghall, between Leyburn and Bedale, say they have been driven to tears by the large number of flies entering their homes.
Others said they have considered moving home because of the problem.
About a dozen residents attended a meeting of Constable Burton and Finghall Parish Council on Monday to discuss the issue.
One resident said: “My wife has given me an ultimatum that we should move out of this area to somewhere they don’t have these damn flies.”
A villager told how he had recently counted 40 flies in his kitchen and another 30 in his dining room, while another said he had counted more than 150 flies on a fly paper that had only been hung three days earlier.
The meeting also heard how several residents had been reduced to tears by the problem, which meant windows and doors could not be left open even on the hottest days.
One villager said a blind relative had inadvertently eaten flies which had landed on his food, while a holiday cottage owner said recent visitors would not return to the village because of the problem.
Margaret Moffatt, who lives in the village with husband Brian, said: “Apparently one villager was told that he was ‘silly complaining and what did he expect when living in the rural area surrounded by farms’.
“My family has lived in the rural areas far more remote than Finghall and has never experienced the problems we have now.”
Some residents blamed nearby poultry farms for the outbreak, which they said had occurred every summer for more than a decade.
Keith Loadman, Richmondshire district councillor, said the problem must be addressed.
“I’ve known about it for a couple of years – it’s so serious in the village that we can’t afford to be fobbed off.”
Ian Hainsworth, chair of the parish council, added: “This will not be allowed to drop.
“We will take it forward as forcibly as we can.”
Residents have complained to Richmondshire District Council about the problem.
A spokeswoman for the environment health unit said staff were notified about the issue on August 2 and an officer spent a day in the village last week.
The council said fly papers were left with residents.
These would remain for a week before being retrieved and tested.
“We have spoken to residents and will be investigating,” the spokeswoman said.
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