Seagull campaign to focus on litter control

Seagull-proof litter bins are to be bought in an effort to limit the problems caused by scavenging birds in Berwick town centre.

Friday, 24th March 2017, 07:29 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:11 am
Seagulls in Golden Square, Berwick

A new campaign to reduce the amount of food waste and litter on the town’s streets is also planned.

Coun Gavin Jones, member for Berwick North on Northumberland County Council, has requested the purchase of four bins – three for Marygate and one for Golden Square – to reduce opportunities for seagulls to grab food from open waste bins.

Berwick Town Council will also review its litter bin provision and seek expert advice on litter prevention.

Councillors also agreed on Monday night to approach the Chamber of Trade to seek its support for a focussed campaign on the reduction of food waste and litter in the town centre.

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Coun Eric Goodyer said: “It’s not the seagulls’ fault. People should stop making a mess of this town. If there wasn’t food waste so readily available to them they would go elsewhere.”

Coun David Blackburn said it was difficult to support any measures to cull or curb their numbers due to the opposition it would attract.

Coun Anne Forbes called for more ‘don’t feed the gulls’ signage to be put up.

The nuisance caused by Berwick’s seagulls has been an issue for many years but hit the national headlines again last month when MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan spoke in Parliament about locals ‘wandering the streets’ with their own firearms to kill the birds.