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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Health fears as Walney residents bombed by flying menace

THEIR street regularly resembles a scene from Alfred Hitchock’s The Birds.

Now a group of Walney residents are calling for the council to take action over a pigeon infestation blighting their neighbourhood.

Hundreds of birds have taken up residence on the houses of Lord Roberts Street and surrounding area since their nesting place – the former Vickerstown Methodist Church – was demolished.

The street was recently cleaned by Barrow Borough Council, but before that residents said the muck-ridden pavements were a no-go area.

Vicky and Dan Sharp live in the street with their four children Savannah, eight, Lexi, six, Elliot, four, and baby Hallie.

She said: “The mess comes in the house on my pram wheels and it gets on the kid’s shoes. With the little one crawling, I get worried about her touching it.”

Christine and Neil Clark have lived in the street for more than 30 years.

Mrs Clark said: “We have trouble with the seagulls as it is but now we’ve got a double problem with the pigeons.

“We try and swill our front down regularly, but then as soon as you walk on any other part of the street you pick it up on your shoes anyway.

“The church has caused us no end of grief since it was left to ruin.”

Another Lord Roberts Street resident, Craig Mitchell said he walks down the road, rather than the pavement, to get to his front door.

He said: “It was fine until they knocked the church down. “When the building went down the pigeons went straight to our roofs. You can hear them scratching around and fighting on the roof all through the night.”

Some residents have taken matters in to their own hands. Jennifer Cleghorn’s husband, David, has hit upon a way of shooing the birds away.

She said: “My husband goes out with a big sheet and flaps it around to try and disperse them.

“Something should have been in place before they dropped the old building.

“They should have had some form of extermination, given how many pigeons there were in it.”

Anne Pearson, acting environmental health manager at the borough council, said: “The environmental health department is aware that there has been an increase in the number of pigeons in the Lord Roberts Street area as a result of partial demolition of a nearby building.

“The pigeons will disperse over time.”

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ive reported a rat comimg out of drain on vickerston and been bombed by pigons and seagulls over last 3 years nothing has ever been done. unfortunity some residents are throwing food out for them too which isnt helping.

Posted by anon on 28 February 2012 at 18:01

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