Group sends open letter to Barrow council over seagulls ‘torture’
Last updated at 16:32, Wednesday, 28 August 2013
ANGRY campaigners have accused council chiefs of failing to listen to their pleas over seagulls, which they says continue to plague the town.
The Sick of Seagulls group has written an open letter to Alan Barker, street care manager for Barrow Borough Council, calling for action.
Members have also demanded that town centre bosses pay more attention to their campaign.
They said: “The list of concerns is growing daily as are our supporters.
“We urge you to look at our page and see what the people of Barrow are saying... at the moment a lot of them don’t think you’re listening!”
In the letter, the group tells how more than 1,755 of its supporters are from areas covered by Barrow Borough Council and says complaints have been received from every ward.
Issues listed include noise pollution, which the group says is a 24-hour problem and is, on occasions, “tantamount to torture”.
The group also complains about “swooping” attacks and the health and safety risk posed by the droppings, listing diseases they say could be caused by proximity to the birds and their mess.
The letter also calls on the council to fine people who feed the gulls and states campaigners are “not happy” with how the council is handling the situation.
Mr Barker said he had not received the letter from the campaigners but if he did receive any correspondence, he would forward it to the relevant department, as the issue did not fall within the remit of the street care team.
He said: “We don’t deal directly with seagulls, we deal with cleaning the streets up of mess.”
The council was due to have the chance to tell members of the public what action it is taking during a “seagull summit” hosted by Barrow and Furness MP, John Woodcock.
The event, which was scheduled to take place at the town hall tomorrow has had to be postponed, as Mr Woodcock has been recalled to parliament due to the situation in Syria.
He is in the process of re-organising the meeting.
First published at 16:12, Wednesday, 28 August 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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I don't even...If you live in a coastal town, there will be seagulls. Maybe there should be a document to sign when you move into Barrow, "I understand that I'm moving into a coastal town, and therefore might have to put up with a few seagulls" (though this does remind me of McDonalds having to put a "contents hot" warning on their coffees)It's like people who move next to a pub or nightclub and complain incessantly about noise. Well, duh. Think about where you choose to live next time! If you don't like seagulls, it's prrrobably not a great idea to *live by the sea*.
Maybe we could 'kill two birds with one stone' & send the seagulls to Syria.
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