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Lowestoft gull debate in parliament

10:54 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.

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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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13 comments

  • There's nothing more funny than the bemused look on grannys face when a cheeky gull swoops down and takes her hair piece away to nest in. Without such things the traditional seaside holiday will not be the same again.

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    KeithS

    Friday, October 21, 2011

  • pathetic--poison them like they used to cull pidgeonss in Yarmouth.I emphasise USED to.Must have run out of money.

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    bookworm

    Friday, October 21, 2011

  • that MP is just as much of a tit as the last one there are a lot more important issues in lowestoft to sort out jobs, bridge, crime etc and why are my street lights off at night what a disgrace

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    i love lowestoft

    Sunday, October 23, 2011

  • Jeanette, We moved to our house in 1991. Since then, our neighbour has been putting more and more bird food out. This includes, hotdog sausages, bird seed and dogfood. (The dog food is apparently for foxes) but the seagull don't realise this! We've got about 30 + seagulls and about 50 dovespigeons that use our property to roost until they're hungry. Then when they've had sufficient they leave calling cards everywhere. Our local Environmental Heath Dept. claims there's nothing they can do, even though we can't use our garden for fear of being **** on. (What a joke)! We are normally woken by the birds which normally arrive around 5.30 in the morning. If you think we should accept this, please give me your contact details so I can call you when they arrive just so you can see how you would like it!

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    StewG

    Sunday, October 23, 2011

  • This is a national problem Gulls carry and spread E Coli and salmonella amongst other diseases as well as parasites. Think about that when your kid plays on a school playing field where gulls have roosted, or when you eat your chips or buy fruit and veg on GY market where gulls are flying and splattering everything. The bugs live in the dust of the faeces when it is dried by the sun , to blow about int he wind-lovely.

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    Daisy Roots

    Friday, October 21, 2011

  • Are there penguins in Lowestoft too?

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    RichardS

    Friday, October 21, 2011

  • i love lowestoft...Can't see how you can compare the efforts made on behalf of Lowestoft by Big Bob with the pathetic offerings from the present incumbent! If you are one of those taken in by ConDem propaganda and spin...read up on your history... the state of our finances in this country prior to the last election was a lowering of unemployment and the National Debt. Labour's only mistakes were to not hammer the bankers and not do enough about the massive ( 100 billion £ plus) tax avoidance by big business. Maybe if they'd put Bob into their Cabinet they would have had someone there who listened to ordinary people's views on these two major issues that annoy all of us who can't fiddle their taxes or earn ludicrous bonuses. I hear on the grapevine that he has been re-selected as Labour candidate for Waveney...Bring Bob Back!!!

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    Dogberry

    Sunday, October 23, 2011

  • It's quite simple, if you don't like sea gulls then don't live by the sea!

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    gaz

    Friday, October 21, 2011

  • Er....are there not far more important things to be discussing in the House of Commons than seagulls? I think Mr Aldous should focus his energies on slighly more serious matters....we are of course in the middle of a massive economic meltdown which is having repercussions far and wide. Although I imagine he lacks the intellect to deal with these kind of matters and so sticks with the safe issue of the problems caused by seagulls. Waveney, I bet you're glad you voted this clown in now aren't you?!!

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    merrydancer

    Friday, October 21, 2011

  • Daisy Roots, you appear to be a bit of an authority on all things that carry germs and diseases, rats in Stalham and now gulls! Quite interesting really. Any idea how many germs can be found on a handbag after it has been put on the floor in a publiv toilet?? As for the gulls, they should be controlled.

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    Mr T

    Friday, October 21, 2011

  • If we had incinerators there would not be the vast flocks kept alive by food from open rubbish dumps... A levy on all takeaway premises to pay for 24 street cleaning might do away with the common sight of a herring gull walking around with its head in a red french fries carton. I am convinced that when GY shops were occupied by local businesses the owners did more maintenance and removed gull eggs ( when it was legal to do so )Perhaps all town centre premises should be obliged to net their roofs. Obviously gull numbers have boomed since herring stocks have recovered and egg taking for sale has ceased, in the 60s and 70s GY did not have a gull problem to compare with today, but who knows what it was like in earlier years. If anyone doubts the health hazards there are any number of studies on the web undertaken for councils in England and Scotland detailing the disease risk from gulls. Who wants to be spattered in gull poo from a gull which has been feeding on a dump where nappies and all manner of yuk is there for the taking?

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    Daisy Roots

    Friday, October 21, 2011

  • If thats all the invisible MP has to worry about I think he urgently needs to get out more. What do you expect at the sea side anyway,flamingoes?. Just be glad you can still hear them,a deaf person would dearly love to.

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    kevin bacon

    Wednesday, October 26, 2011

  • I lived in Lowestoft for 5 years and loved the Gull's isn't that part of the reason for moving to the coast, surely mentality tell you if you live near the coast you are going to get Gull's if you live near an Airport you will get Plane's and if you live near a Train Station you will get Trains if you don't like Move that's the problem these day's if we don't like something then lets just kill it, there are a lot of people that would love to be in your situation and life on the coast with a beautiful beach on your doorstep so please stop moaning and just count you blessing's

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    Jeannette Murray

    Saturday, October 22, 2011

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