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Lowestoft gull debate in parliament

PUBLISHED: 10:54 21 October 2011 | UPDATED: 11:32 21 October 2011

Seagulls are to be discussed in parliament

Seagulls are to be discussed in parliament

THE menace posed by seagulls in Lowestoft will be spelled out to MPs next week.

Waveney MP Peter Aldous has secured a debate in the House of Commons, in which he aims to raise the problems posed when the large numbers of the birds gather in seaside towns.

On Wednesday afternoon, Mr Aldous will lead the debate entitled Seagulls in Coastal Towns.

The debate, which starts at 4.30pm, follows complaints about seagulls in part of Lowestoft.

In February, The Journal reported how families in Waveney Drive, Lowestoft, had called in Mr Aldous for help after saying they were overwhelmed by the birds, which caused a mess and noise nuisance.

They said the problems, which began 10 years ago, had got worse after the Jeld-Wen timber factory shut.

One of the residents, Angela Newsome, said: “We are just so fed up with it. I have lived here 20 years and when I came here there were no problems at all. None whatsoever.”

Before contacting Mr Aldous, Mrs Newsome and her neighbours made several attempts to drive the seagulls away, even appearing live on national radio to appeal for help and ideas.

She said she had received hate mail from bird lovers who were angry at their efforts to get rid of the gulls.

Earlier this year, Mr Aldous signed an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons which noted the problems of urban seagulls in at least 150 constituencies and pledged to find a humane solution to the problems.

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