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Concern for children over big wasp nest in Shoebury
8:49pm Wednesday 30th May 2012 in Echo News
A HUGE wasp nest is causing alarm in Shoebury.
It is in a tree in the middle of the Renown shopping centre, off Constable Way. At least two shoppers have been stung.
Despite the hot weather, shop staff have been forced to work behind closed doors.
Traders have contacted Southend Council about the nest, but the authority’s response has left shop owners fuming.
Danielle Richards, who works at Kingfishers fish and chip shop, said: “I rang the council asking it to remove it because with Friars Primary School, play- school and shops here, it is a real health hazard.
“But the council told me it wouldn’t deal with it. I have a five-year-old daughter who goes to Friars and where it is can be quite easily reached by children, so it is making me worried a child will get stung next.
“There are literally hundreds of wasps flying around. It’s crazy.”
Andrew Joannow, manager at the shop, said it was concerning everyone walking through or working in the centre.
He added: “It is a huge nest, just hanging there from a tree.
“One lady came into the shop saying she’d been stung and we helped to treat the sting.
“The wasps are swarming and flying about everywhere. It’s very worrying, particularly with a school so close.”