23rd Mar, 2019

Fresh moves in battle to curb nuisance gulls

FRESH proposals have been drawn up by council chiefs in order to tackle the impact ‘nuisance’ gulls are having on the city centre.

The Labour cabinet on Worcester City Council will vote on Tuesday (February 14) whether to invest a further £15,000 in response to the number of complaints from residents about the gulls.

It’s hoped the extra cash will allow the council to work more with businesses in the city, especially those with outdoor seating areas, to offer them advice and support.

The range of measures also include expanding the current egg replacement programme, providing replacement eggs and advice on use for land owners who want to carry out their own treatment, installing a number of ‘gull proof’ bins at key locations, supporting the use of gull proof waste sacks and stopping residents from deliberately or inadvertently feeding the gulls.

Coun Geoff Williams, cabinet member for Economic Prosperity, said: “It is important to keep this issue in perspective. Culling gulls would be illegal and is not an option this council will be pursuing.

“We have examined this issue in detail and have listened to the views of residents, businesses and experts in the field.

“I am confident that the actions we are proposing will have a real impact. We can all help to discourage gulls by not dropping food litter, which is the ultimate reason for their continued presence in the city,” he added.

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