This morning, for the first time, I saw council signs tied to every lamppost along our town's High Street, warning us not to feed the pigeons. For now, those guilty of it won't be issued with a fine but if the crap problem doesn't ease up then fines will be given.
Our High Street has been recently re-designed. A huge sitting area next to Xavier's Church, has been created with lot of lights and carved history on stones ect. Gregg's the bakers is only 20 yards from it and local school kids hang about there on lunch hour. Crumbs are only inevitable and I enjoy nothing more than watching kiddies run and burst through a load of pigeons. If you're under 5 that's mandatory ffs! But people are complaining. No cars are allowed up the high street, so I'm surmising it's either shoppers and shop windows that must be taking the bulk of this 'deliberate problem'. Mind you, I've shopped 30-odd years in the same street and never been shat on once. And it rains enough to wash stuff away quickly.
I don't know if it's council snobs or every day folk that have raised the concern, but I know the majority of people - particularly the elderly - see the church garden-cum-seated area the perfect place to sit, meet, chat and/or feed the pigeons. It's not exactly Trafalgar Square!
One old lady who was sitting next to us while my hubby was having a ciggie break put the situation into her own consideration and concluded:
"They'll not stop me doing what I've been doing for the past 10 years. If any biggot points that sign out to me I'll make it quite clear it's the starlings and blackbirds I'm feeding - and if pigeons are butting in and stealing their nuts, there's not much I can do about that!"
HUH! Stick that in your agenda and bring it up at your next council meeting Mr.Joyce...!! Maybe focusing on clearing the weeds and burns filled with dirty dog owners dumping their shit-bags in there (instead of taking them home to their own bins) is a tate more important...?