Call for Review into Seagull Control

29 July 2013

Today Jim McGovern MP for Dundee West and Richard McCready Labour Spokesperson for the Environment called for Dundee City Council to review its current practice towards controlling Seagulls across Dundee.

 Jim McGovern MP said:

“Time and time again I am contacted by constituents who have been bothered by menacing Seagulls that have hit or dive bombed them after they nested on rooftops.

“This is not to mention other problems of noise, disease and spilling litter that they also create.

“The mess that they leave behind is evident across the whole City and detracts from local areas.

"It seems to me that current efforts by Dundee City Council are simply not stepping up to the mark as Seagulls continue to prove a complete nuisance and in a lot of cases danger across the City.

“I was also informed of the birds attacking local school pupils when they were eating their lunches.

“I know that there are restrictions on controlling wild animals but I believe the case can be made that these birds are a public health and safety hazard and more measures should be taken.”

Richard McCready, Labour Group Spokesperson on the Environment said:

“Many people have raised concerns about the Seagulls but I would like people to get in touch with me with details of any issues they have recently had.

“By building up a full picture of this problem we can see its full scale and ask for more to be done.

“I have written to Ken Laing, Director of Environment for Dundee City Council asking about current measures undertaken to control Seagulls to be reviewed and compared with other comparable local authorities.

“At present the council charge households £85 for control methods, and to me this seems far too high a price particularly for people living in known hot spot areas.

“I believe that other Councils operate a free scheme of deterring and removing eggs during breeding season when the birds are at their most vicious.

“We need an all round review of current measures with no option left off the table.”

 

 

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