Rule of law won’t let us tackle gulls

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If Stuart Hughes thinks seagulls nesting on floppy blunt spikes in Scarborough is impressive, I can show him nests where they are nesting on razor wire in this town.

The attempt by the town council to frighten seagulls by hiring a falconer has proved a dismal failure.

Chicks are visible on the cafe roof adjacent to where the well-fed hawk sat and was mobbed by seagulls, who clearly were not in the least disturbed by its presence: £15,000 pounds of public money wasted.

This year, with increasing nests on our roof, we tried a contractor who oiled the eggs in the nests.

Another failure, not least because the EU has banned the chemical he used to use.


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The only potential remedy left would appear to be netting the property, and I may fall foul of planning laws.

This is ugly and detracts from the beauty of the town.

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Enough is enough. We need action. If the law prevents us carrying out a cull then the local government should be lobbying for change via the MP.

Lawrie Brownlee

Fortfield Chambers

Station Road

Sidmouth

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