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Spalding town centre pigeon problem still causing issues as councillor laments the fact they cannot be shot due to the likes of Chris Packham



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Councillors joked about deploying ‘pigilantes’ - after airing frustrations over the lack of progress in the war against the town’s problem pigeons.

Issues with the feathered fiends leaving a mess in Spalding town centred have persisted for several months - with the district council employing the services of a pest control expert with a hawk to help frighten them away.

At last week’s Spalding Town Forum meeting, Coun Angela Newton said she did not think this had had much success.

Stop the Pigeon! Councillors Angela Newton and Christine Lawton commented on the unsuccessful quest to prevent pesky pigeons from leaving their mess all over Spalding town centre (Cartoon: John Elson)
Stop the Pigeon! Councillors Angela Newton and Christine Lawton commented on the unsuccessful quest to prevent pesky pigeons from leaving their mess all over Spalding town centre (Cartoon: John Elson)

She said the birds were coming in and out of an empty building in Red Lion Street and called for more action to keep the town clean.

Coun Newton said the birds are ‘pretty disgusting things’, adding ‘it’s a pity we can’t shoot them’ - but feared the likes of BBC Springwatch star Chris Packham would object to such behaviour these days.

The district opposition leader said: “We used to be braver and send people in in the morning or at night to deal with them. If we hadn’t got the Packhams of this world and the do gooders - you could go in and keep the town cleaner.”

Coun Liz Sneath said: “People are feeding them, particularly outside Boots and that’s keeping them attracted to the town unfortunately - we have got to stop people feeding them.”

Coun Roger Gambba-Jones cheekily suggested that CCTV operators should be able to broadcast warnings to those encouraging the pesky pigeons.

He said: “One of the CCTV operators could press a button and say ‘excuse me, do you mind not feeding the pigeons?’ and scare the living daylights out of them.”

Spalding and District Civic Society chairman John Bland has called for a permanent presence of people patrolling the town centre in yellow jackets - feeling they could help tackle everything from parking to anti-social behaviour and feeding pigeons.

Coun Gambba-Jones said such people might be funded by a Business Improvement District (BID) - which is being floated as an idea for Spalding - but said some of these bodies object to paying for something that ought to be provided elsewhere.

Coun Gambba-Jones said he would hate for the people to be seen as ‘vigilantes’ - to which Coun Christine Lawton quipped ‘pigilantes’ would be a more apt name.



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