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Friday, 19 September 2014

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Seagull-proof bags not winging their way to Barrow homes - town hall

SEAGULL-PROOF bin sacks will not be rolled out in the Barrow borough, with council chiefs instead believing a leafleting campaign about poor waste management will reduce problems with the noisy birds.

Residents of Carlisle are being given extra thick bin bags to stop gulls pecking at waste. But the scheme will not be expanded to Barrow.

The decision has been made due to the cost of providing every household with the sacks, as well as a drive to change people’s behaviour towards disposing litter.

There had been calls for Barrow to introduce the toughened bin bags as a way of stopping the hungry birds being lured into the town centre by easy meals and raiding thin, plastic bags.

Phil Huck, executive director of Barrow Borough Council, confirmed the authority had no plans to invest in the bags like Carlisle had.

He said: “We are not looking at introducing [the bags] in the borough.

“We have sent leaflets to all residents in the borough about how poorly managing their waste can cause problems. It is the minority of residents that cause problems.

“We are looking at managing the way people get rid of their rubbish rather than expensive ways of doing it. It is about seeing what works.”

The bin sacks being introduced in Carlisle allow traditional rubbish bags to be put inside waterproof sacks, which can be secured with a Velcro flap to keep the birds at bay.

Wheelie bins and purple bags for non-recyclable rubbish are being replaced with the sacks in parts of the city, with a similar idea for recyclable items already in place in parts of Barrow.

Areas across Carlisle will be given the special bags as the authority deals with its growing problems of noisy seagulls. It is hoped the bags will reduce the amount of household litter left on pavements.

The toughened bin bags was one of several ideas discussed at last year’s “seagull summit” in Barrow, held by MP John Woodcock.

The summit brought together local wildlife experts and community leaders in response to complaints of the gulls keeping residents awake at night.

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Howabout we clamp down on the idiot that rides around the town centre every morning throwing out seed for them. All this idiot is doing is encouraging them to stay in the town. Surely there is a law to stop him or fine him for it.

Posted by Barraboy on 6 March 2014 at 16:06

A spokesman for the gull population locally said today "We firmly believe this to be a waste of everyone's time, as we can't actually read - we are only sea-birds after all."

Posted by Billy Whizz on 6 March 2014 at 14:31

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