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Volunteers plead with East Midlands Railway to fix Spalding Railway Station's pigeon poo problem




Volunteers are pleading with rail bosses to sort the problem of pigeon poo which is plaguing passengers at Spalding station.

A team has been working to spruce up the railway station in a bid to make it more attractive for commuters and more welcoming for people visiting the town.

However, their efforts are being undermined by a long-standing issue with pigeon poo on the station - which volunteers say is a hazard as well as an unsightly mess.

The pigeon poo problem at Spalding Railway Station (51098730)
The pigeon poo problem at Spalding Railway Station (51098730)

Jan Whitbourn, part of the team working on the station, said: “It does your head in.

“Trying to get up the stairs is disgusting, it’s really not acceptable. You could easily slip when it’s raining.

“It’s dangerous, it’s a health hazard.”

The pigeon poo problem at Spalding Railway Station (51098725)
The pigeon poo problem at Spalding Railway Station (51098725)

As well as slipping, volunteers are worried about the other health risks of pigeon poo - with the fear that diseases can be caused by breathing dust or water droplets containing contaminated droppings.

We previously reported the problem back in May - but a fix is still yet to be found.

Some netting was put up - but the pigeons have merely moved to other parts of the station and are still causing issues.

As well as the stairs between the platforms, the mess is particularly bad around the ticket machine.

The pigeon poo problem at Spalding Railway Station (51098706)
The pigeon poo problem at Spalding Railway Station (51098706)

The birds are said to have nested on platform one - and some are even leaving a mess on the seating there too.

Jan said: “I feel sorry for the pigeons, it’s not their fault. They should have a little hut at the back of platform two for them to go in.”

Last week we revealed that a new giant rabbit figure has been added to the plant displays at the station in a bid to reflect the town’s flower parade heritage.

That followed the recent addition of a striking ‘Hogwarts Express’ street art design from Karl Barfoot and Adam Sadd.

Jan is confident that this - and the planting efforts - are helping to boost the station.

She said: “It’s going to look amazing next year because the plants will have got bigger and will have taken.

“We have worked really hard down there - we have got over 400 plants thanks to the goodwill of local companies. It’s been amazing, people have been so kind - and then we have got this.

“There’s lots of good things happening but then I go down there and think ‘what a mess’.

“It’s not good and something has to be done. They need to get on with it.”

Jan has written to MP Sir John Hayes about the pigeon problem, who has raised her concerns with East Midlands Railway, which operates the station.

An East Midlands Railway spokesman told the Free Press: “We are aware of the issue and our facilities team is looking at the feasibility of putting up further preventative netting.”



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