“The time for action is now!” says victim

THE PROBLEMS caused by gulls in Angus burghs was recently discussed by Angus Council, and it was decided that there was no need for a cull to be undertaken.

Chief executive Mr Richard Stiff acknowledged that the council holds a general licence for a cull, but has never used it and is holding it as a last resort.

The council agreed to persevere with measures such as publicising to residents that gulls should not be fed, and educating the public into not discarding part-eaten takeaways, etc.

Builders of new commercial properties will be encouraged to utilise steeply pitched roofs, to make nest-building less easy.

But one reader who was touch with the Review last year, at the height of the gulls’ breeding season, is less than impressed.

She feels the Council is proposing no action at all, despite a perception in the town that the problem is getting worse each year - a comment that was expressed several times to the Review by its readers.

She said: “Everything that has been proposed - such as telling people not to encourage gulls - has been tried over many years.

“But it makes no difference to the public, any more than telling people not to throw away part-eaten fish suppers.”

The lady continued: “It’s as if the Council has been unaware of the problem, and is now pretending that we are at the start rather than a long way down the line.

“Are supermarkets supposed to replace their roofs with steeply sloping ones? I hope the new Sainsbury’s has been ordered to have a steeply sloping roof - I’ll be looking to see.”

Our reader continued her criticism of the Council’s “spineless” response, and asked what is going to happen with buildings in the streets around the port, where buildings that have existed for many years have their residential colonies of gulls. “Are their roofs going to be rebuilt?”

Regarding the attacks on people and dogs by gulls which believe their chicks are in danger, our reader concluded: “If someone’s dog was attacking people like this it would be muzzled and the owner charged.

“It seems gulls can attack people and get away with it.”

Angus Council offers free nest removal for domestic premises, use of birds of prey in the breeding season in towns, and all year at its landfill sites, frequent emptying of litter bins, and a requirement on fast food outlets to pick up litter within a 30-yard radius.