December 9 2013 Latest news:
Safira Ali, Senior reporter
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Brentwood Council has taken a new approach to tackling pesky pigeons in the town – by asking the advice of the Mayor of Venice.
The authority has requested the help of Mayor Orsoni, of Venice City Council, to see how they successfully got rid of thousands of pigeons, which were threatening to damage their historic buildings.
The council believes that the pigeon mess may have a detrimental effect on its medieval church wall and could potentially, if not tackled, lead to its collapse in the future.
Cllr Keith Parker, responsible for environment at the council, said they wanted to avoid shooting pigeons and were looking at different ways of tackling the problem.
He said: “We’ve been worried for some time about the effect pigeons are having on our old medieval church ruins.
“What seems to be happening is that the pigeons congregate on or around old medieval church wall after being fed near the town centre.
“When we heard that Venice had successfully got rid of their problem and saved their historic buildings – we thought that we could learn a thing or two from them. We certainly wish they weren’t here.
“We don’t necessarily want to shoot the pigeons or fine people – but rather discourage people to feed them through education. I’d love to set up a skype call to discuss it with the council in Venice.”
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