Health fears after pigeon flock moves to East Lancs homes

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Some of the pigeons that are roosting on people’s homes Some of the pigeons that are roosting on people’s homes

A MUM has had to keep her two young children away from playing in their back yard because it is being plagued by a flock of pigeons.

Jane Turner, 40, said the pigeons had taken up residence on the roofs of terraced houses in Skipton Road, Colne, after a derelict mill was demolished.

A flock of ‘30 to 40’ birds had been living in Oak Mill, but after it was demolished in December last year they moved across the road to the roofs of the houses.

Mrs Turner said: “The pigeons are on the roofs of around three houses in Skipton Road. It’s a total nightmare. The back yard and windows are covered in pigeon muck — it’s a massive health hazard.

“I have two young children under four but I can’t let them out the back because of this. It’s been like this for about six months and we don’t know what else to do now.

“The council have said it is not their problem, but they gave approval for the demolition of the mill. Now we’ve been left with the pigeons.”

Pendle Council fought an 18-month battle to get the eyesore mill demolished, which ending with the authority taking the Isle of Man company that owns the building to court.

Burnley and Pendle Citizen:

Mrs Turner said: “We have had to get a report on the problem from an environmental company, but it looks like it is going to cost thousands to sort it out. We can’t find that sort of money.”

Philip Mousdale, deputy chief executive, said: “We sympathise with Ms Turner and her neighbours.

“However, the council does not have any responsibility or duty of care for pigeons as part of the planning process.”

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7:59pm Thu 15 May 14

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9:43pm Thu 15 May 14

Old Alzheimer says...

Can't help thinking that there are far greater health worries in East Lancs than pigeons !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Can't help thinking that there are far greater health worries in East Lancs than pigeons !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Old Alzheimer
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10:33am Fri 16 May 14

rudis_dad says...

Old Alzheimer wrote:
Can't help thinking that there are far greater health worries in East Lancs than pigeons !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So you'd be happy to live with pigeons sh***ing all over your kids and your property would you? And run the risk of contracting psittacosis, paratyphoid or salmonella? Think before you post...
[quote][p][bold]Old Alzheimer[/bold] wrote: Can't help thinking that there are far greater health worries in East Lancs than pigeons !!!!!!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]So you'd be happy to live with pigeons sh***ing all over your kids and your property would you? And run the risk of contracting psittacosis, paratyphoid or salmonella? Think before you post... rudis_dad
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10:08pm Fri 16 May 14

Ladyjanebelle says...

Not adverse to other methods of removing the birds (have tried many before going to the press, this wasn't my first option!), they're roosting on the roof. My neighbour has already spent £1500 on spikes. We've spent £500 on roof repairs, as have our other neighbours. All for humane methods, but don't see why we should have to shell out for it. The council "campaigned" for the demolition not really aimed at the benefits of the residents. We're landed with a problem that they ignored - I think classically if you think of pigeons the word homing comes to mind. It's not their fault they're only following their natural instinct. However we're left with a health hazard - the planning department may not have it in their remit but surely the environmental health should. They are rats of the sky & we now can't use a large proportion of our home, we can't open windows, we can't hang washing out. We're well aware that there are more pressing health issues in pendle, but when things caused by the council are directly affecting residents we should get together & try to do something about it.
Not adverse to other methods of removing the birds (have tried many before going to the press, this wasn't my first option!), they're roosting on the roof. My neighbour has already spent £1500 on spikes. We've spent £500 on roof repairs, as have our other neighbours. All for humane methods, but don't see why we should have to shell out for it. The council "campaigned" for the demolition not really aimed at the benefits of the residents. We're landed with a problem that they ignored - I think classically if you think of pigeons the word homing comes to mind. It's not their fault they're only following their natural instinct. However we're left with a health hazard - the planning department may not have it in their remit but surely the environmental health should. They are rats of the sky & we now can't use a large proportion of our home, we can't open windows, we can't hang washing out. We're well aware that there are more pressing health issues in pendle, but when things caused by the council are directly affecting residents we should get together & try to do something about it. Ladyjanebelle
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