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Letter of the Week

PUBLISHED: 10:28 01 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:10 05 July 2010

I READ with interest the article on fly posting and also the letter from Marie Porter on seagulls.

What could be the possible connection you might ask? Well the two are very closely linked in regard to the Keep Lowestoft Tidy campaign.

I READ with interest the article on fly posting and also the letter from Marie Porter on seagulls.

What could be the possible connection you might ask? Well the two are very closely linked in regard to the Keep Lowestoft Tidy campaign.

With regard to the fly posting, it is only a part of the problem. I would think that Mike Daniels, of the cleansing services department, would be advised to look also at the over all cleanliness of Lowestoft town centre; bins overflowing, rubbish blowing about, discarded food over the walkways and top of the bill is the extraordinary amount of seagull and pigeon droppings that you have to wade through on your way through the pedestrian area. It is a complete eyesore and resembles the bottom of an aviary; on a warm day the smell is over powering, heaven knows what visitors must think, and what about the possible health risks to the elderly and children.

It is a known fact that all animal faeces carry at least e coli and salmonella bacteria and in the case of pigeons and seagulls, botulism, a very serious form of food poisoning bacteria.

I have heard all the arguments about the seagull problem over the years and have become increasingly frustrated by the councils' lack of control.

The councils' pitiful copout has always been that they are protected species; well they are not, there are two general licenses issued by Defra (Department for Food and Rural Affairs) and Natural England, for control of these species on the grounds of health and other species protection, which also lists the other problem in the town of the feral Pigeon.

So if you have a problem with these gulls and you are a landowner or an authorised person of a landowner you are legally allowed to cull and control them. So why are the council being so hesitant? Wouldn't have anything to do with the cost would it? Just like the rat problem.

Finally I would suggest that the council pass a byelaw to prohibit the feeding of pigeons in the town centre which will have a knock on effect of reducing numbers and also stop the increasing numbers of gulls scavenging around as well.

This is a problem that will not go away on its own and will need proper management to alleviate the on going problems; the sentimental view of the few should not influence the common sense control which, after all, are officially pests.

PETER W BENTLEY

Heath Road

Oulton Broad

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