‘HUMANS make the most mess’.

That was the verdict of one reader after the announcement that spikes would be installed outside Ulverston Market to deter the animals from dropping excrement in the area.

Following Ulverston Town Councillor Mark Wilson raising the issue of the ‘terrible sight’ of mountains of pigeon poo accumulating at the South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) owned building, the spikes were proposed as an alternative.

Ulverston Community Enterprises, who is contracted to maintain cleanliness, said that the issue is too big for ‘regular cleaning’ to eradicate.

Cllr Wilson said residents have contacted the South Lakeland District councillor about the issue which keeps ‘reoccurring’ in New Market Street.

He said: "It is a terrible sight to see. I have cleaned up the mess before now with a scrubbing brush.

“The town council paid for a jet wash to clear the droppings, but the situation is worsening.

“The Market Hall operators must clear this dirty accumulation as soon as possible.

“The mounting mountain of guano is a poke in the eye for us all.

“We cry for a clean-up and an end to this regular coating of bird muck.”

One reader claimed that humans make more mess than the bird, and questioned who is really diseased.

Janine Fleming said: “Humans make the most mess! Everywhere is a tip with all the rubbish left by people. I deal with wild birds and never have I caught anything from them, but I have from people, so? Who are the ones who are diseased?”

Ian Hoggarth said: “You want to see the mess at Beech Bank from the nesting rooks disgusting and the continual noise.”

Julie Maggs said: “Get the street cleaners to clean it up.”

Tim Bartlett said: “Stop feeding them.”

Danny Bouncing Blanc said: “Maybe it is time to reduce their numbers?”

Gus Diaz said: “Don’t touch the pigeons man!!”

A spokesman for SLDC said: “South Lakeland District Council has undertaken regular removal of bird droppings at the New Market Street entrance at Ulverston Market Hall and is now working to install more permanent measures which will prevent birds from perching on the ledges above."