A sett of belligerent badgers are making residents' lives a misery – digging up flower beds, tearing down fences and attacking family pets.I propose the launch of a new legal safeguard – the ‘BASBO’…
The audacious pests have been burrowing into the bramble-covered wasteland between Ownsted Hill and Walshingham Road, in New Addington, and launching daring daylight raids on homes and gardens.
Naturally, to the residents of this benighted area, it’s all the responsibility of…the council!
"I telephoned the council in October and we're still waiting to hear from them.What can they do?
"No one wants to help us."
A Croydon Council spokesman said: "As badgers are an endangered species the council cannot take action to disturb their habitats.There is a solution. But it comes at a price.
"They are not considered to be a pest and as such do not fall under our pest control services.
"Concerned residents should consider contacting animal welfare organisations like the RSPCA or more specialist bodies such as the Badger Federation for information and advice."
Warwick Reynolds, senior field officer for the East Surrey Badger Protection Society said residents often have to resort to extreme measures to keep the badgers away.I have to say, if I was unfortunate enough to live in New Addington, I’d probably already have those…
He said: "Electric fences are almost 100 per cent effective, or you could get a licence to close the sett from Natural England.
"You can put up badger-proof fences and bury them six feet down if you get a mini-digger in."
Mr Reynolds added: "I cannot see there is any reason why the council should pay.Oooh, that won’t go down well at all!
"If the people are really concerned about it they will have to pay up."