We need action against the winged vermin
So the number of gulls in Bath city centre has fallen again, but only because they have moved to the suburbs (City centre gull figures fall again for a third year, January 17). Is this really progress?
How is this beneficial for us Bath residents who are annually affected by these aggressive, screeching, creatures regularly waking us up at 4am on summer mornings, and dive-bombing us in our own gardens when we dare to venture outside during their breeding season?
Walk along the Lower Bristol Road during the summer months, and virtually every house and lamp post has at least one large gull perched on it, squawking all day and defecating on the pedestrians, pavements and cars below. No one is safe.
Their numbers have increased further with building of the new Western Riverside apartments; lots of nice flat roofs high above the ground, just like cliffs, for them to colonise.
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What also makes Western Riverside so attractive, of course, is the council's refuse tip and recycling centre opposite Royal Victoria Park. Dozens of gulls can often be seen – and heard – swarming above it, scavenging for scraps, while the gulls along the Lower Bristol Road can regularly been seen flying back and forth between our chimneys and the refuse tip.
I am tired of reading that 'more research' needs to be done into the gulls.This sounds suspiciously like endless procrastination and prevarication by local politicians and the council – creating the impression of doing something without actually doing anything at all.
What is needed is much firmer action against the annual invasion of these deafening winged vermin, because away from the city centre, the problem is getting worse every year.
PETE DOREY Victoria Buildings Lower Bristol Road Bath