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Rats 'will be removed at Plemont'

The rats at Plemont holiday village could be trapped and removed

Rats will be removed from a former holiday camp on the north coast of Jersey before it is redeveloped, the architect has said.

Plans have been submitted to build 30 homes at Plemont.

A report by a wildlife organisation said rats were a problem at the site and development work could drive them to threatened puffin nesting sites.

Paul Harding, from BDK Architects, said if permission to develop was given the rats there would be dealt with.

Puffins have lived on the cliffs near the old Pontin's holiday village at Plemont for about 100 years.

In the 1950s there were more than 1,000 pairs of puffins living around the island but now less than a dozen pairs remain.

Conservationists believe rats are one of the bird's main predators.

Mr Harding said: "This threat from the rats is not confined to the holiday village, it's much more widespread than that."

But if the latest development plans were accepted they would trap and remove the rats, he said.

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