Exterminators have been called in after reports of a rat infestation at a town park.
Hyndburn Council received calls from residents concerned about the number of rats that had reportedly spotted in Rhyddings Park, Oswaldtwistle.
It is believed that the concerns were raised that food being stored in Pets Corner at the park was attracting the vermin.
Local councillor Peter Britcliffe said he had been approached by residents who had also seen rats in Edinburgh Drive.
He said: “I can assure residents that this is no longer an issue. But I would ask people to remain vigiliant and if they do see any rats to contact us immediately.
“But rats do live in parks, and there were some around Pets Corner in Rhyddings Park, but I have been told that this has now been brought under control, so as far as I am aware the rats are no longer an issue.”
Coun Ken Moss, Cabinet Member for Parks, said the area was being monitored by pest control officers.
He said: “There has been a baiting and trapping program in place in Rhyddings Park for a number of months now, with pest control officers regularly visiting the site. They haven’t seen any rodent activity there over the last three weeks, but will continue to closely monitor the situation.”
Pets Corner was taken over from Hyndburn Council by the Friends of Rhyddings Park in 2005.
The animals in Pets Corner are looked after by Bootstraps, a support service for people with disabilities and health needs who are volunteers and are supervised when working with the animals.
Coun Britcliffe said he believes some of the reports of rats came from people who want to see Pets Corner closed.
He said: “I admit it wasn’t being run perfectly but if Pets Corner was closed down, there would be an outcry from people in Oswaldtwistle who take their children down to see the animals.
“Some of these people have gone completely over the top with these reports of rat infestations, and they are doing their damndest to get Pets Corner shut down.
“The volunteers from Bootstrap who look after Pets Corner are supervised and they do a great job.”