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09/07/2018 15:22:20

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Issue Summary

Dead fox on Snarlton Lane


Latest Update

11/07/2018 13:09:36 This has now been raised as an issue on the My Wiltshire app; number 2428766.

CATG Action / Recommendation


There has been a dead fox just outside of our boundary fence for 3 days as I write. It is decomposing rapidlyis covered with flies and is now giving off putrid fumes. It is now a health hazard as it is very close to a retail food outlet and several houses flats either side of the top of Snarlton Lane SN12 7QW. There are no pavements on this route which is heavily used by both pedestrian and vehicular traffic especially at school and rush hour times. I am very concerned that someone will be injured as a result of either stepping further into the road to avoid this hazard and also with the infection danger from the decaying animal itself. On contacting Wiltshire Council customer services this morning I was informed that unless it was causing an obstruction then there was nothing that could be done. It seems bizzare to me that something which is a clear and present danger to public health and safety is deemed to be unimportant except when it may interrupt a motor vehicles path. I have to say that I as a taxpayer was most concerned by the blas attitude that I encountered when I contacted the council but I look forward to a speedy resolution to this health issue.


Issue Location


Street / Location

368 Snarlton Lane Melksham Wiltshire SN12 7QW

Electoral Division

Melksham Without North

Issue Duration

3 days

Who is Affected

Myself and family adjacent neighbours the filling station and retail outlet at the top of the lane and anyone who happens past i.e. school students etc.

What has been done so far

Several of us have reported the issue with no success but we feel that it needs professional action due to the risk of infection from the animal with unknown wild contacts.

What would resolve issue

A pest control or environmental health officer to professionally deal with the problem in a controlled manner.

Who needs to come together

Environmental health department in conjunction with Wiltshire council organisation.


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Sub Classification

Current Status

in progress








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