Like ’em or loathe ’em, not many people would actively go about attracting seagulls to roost on top of their home.
But one Hove resident is doing just that by feeding them from their rooftop – to the disgust of at least one of their neighbours.
A report on FixMyStreet urges the council to do something about it.
It reads: “A resident of Wilbury Grove is constantly feeding seagulls from their roof top.
“This has now attracted over three chicks roosting in the rooftop and countless additional adult gulls to the area.
“I appreciate that gulls are a necessary evil of seaside life but their exacerbated numbers in one small area have increased noise and the amount of excrement.
“The adult gulls can also be quite aggressive at times.
“My concern is also the presence of foods scraps will encourage other vermin such as rats to the vicinity.
“I would like for the council to discourage active feeding of the gulls and encourage residents to ensure their rubbish is properly secured.”
A council spokesman was not able to provide details of the incident reported. But he said: “Brighton and Hove City Council’s strategy for dealing with issues relating to seagulls and pigeons is to concentrate on their food sources.
“Our highways enforcement team issue fixed penalty fines to businesses that litter the streets with commercial food waste.
“Our environmental health department ensure that businesses have adequate waste storage facilities.
“Our recycling and rubbish team have introduced communal bins in many more areas in the city centre, meaning that most areas of Brighton and Hove have their refuse contained, before it is put out for collection.
If seagulls or pigeons are causing a nuisance, then it is the responsibility of the homeowner or occupier to ensure that the property has proofing. The most effective methods are netting and spikes.
“Private pest control companies that specialise in bird proofing can be contacted to help with this.”
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