Apologies all, as i have just returned from travels, and YES, indeed, I too now have the mice in my flat!
So I take the comment back about not ever seeing any. I was clearly wrong and it is an issue. They finally found me after 10 years!
The fact they apparently live in the roof however, doesn't mean residents shouldn't be allowed to make reasonable use of the garage space. Why live under a cardboard box in the cold when there's a toasty penthouse, with food nearby, in the roof?!
Surely efforts should be directed in pest control in the roof voids? Was there ever any access hatches fitted to enable this – a subject that was on the agenda many moons ago when i sat on the board? Is this in fact already happening? Sorry if I am very out of touch but now i am on the other side of the fence, as a resident, i have not been made aware of this project being carried out.
On the other matter regarding bikes, the sheer fact this issue is still debated after 10 years shows that all the solutions offered have been ineffective in eradicating the problem. I maintain my view that the best solution is brick built, steel gated, with integrated mortice locks / padlock, bike sheds be built in the corners of the garages. I know it's not cheap, and I don't even own a push bike, but if residents find the sight of bikes in stairwells that offensive – given no perspex protection fitted below the dado rail, then it's a cost to be budgeted for. Charge for keys. The number of locks littering the floor in the east block, that have been bolt cropped, is dismaying to say the least. I think some of them may even be ones the managing agent used to 'secure' bikes removed from the stairwells some time ago.
All the best,
Response to Scott:
You are right that the recycling is allowed to lie around far too long. We will speak to the Managing agent and get it collected every three weeks without fail and in between if a large quantity suddenly appears there. About the rats and mice – sorry Scott but there has been a lot of trouble with rats and mice; chiefly in the roof!