Councillor’s plea to tackle seagull problem

Seagull problem
Seagull problem

A Bearsden councillor is demanding to know why East Dunbartonshire Council is refusing to tackle the problem of nuisance seagulls in the area.

SNP Group leader Ian Mackay wants to know why nothing is being done about the problem of aggressive seagulls, which is particularly bad in the Mosshead and Burnbrae areas of Bearsden.

Recent reports in The Milngavie and Bearsden Herald have told how some residents in the Burnbrae area of Bearsden use umbrellas to protect themselves from being attacked by territorial gulls who are protecting their offspring at this time of year.

Residents have also complained that they cannot hang their washing out without being dive-bombed by the birds and they get woken by their noisy squawking in the early hours of the morning.

The paper also recently reported that West Dunbartonshire Council offers a service to residents and businesses, for a charge, to get rid of seagulls, which has resulted in a noticeable reduction in aggressive behaviour of adult seagulls.

Mr Mackay said: “Why is the council washing its hands of the issue, which is so bad that some people are afraid to leave their house.

“My constituents are living in terror and the council seem to have adopted a ‘couldn’t care less’ attitude, saying it’s up to individual householders to deal with the problem privately.

“When other local authorities throughout Scotland, including our neighbours in West Dunbartonshire, are prepared to offer financial assistance to deal with the problem, it simply isn’t good enough for our council to say ‘nothing to do with us’.

“I have written to Grace Irvine, director of neighbourhood services, to ask that she re-examines this issue and offers a reasonable solution to help eradicate this problem, which is simply not going to go away.

“This is very much a health and safety matter and I intend to pursue this until something is done.”

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “I have asked Councillor Mackay to join me to look at all the services we

provide as once again we have to find millions of pounds worth of savings next year.

“Introducing a new service would be difficult in these circumstance although I share his concerns for local residents.

“Many councils do not offer this service especially if they are not coastal. I will speak to West Dunbartonshire about the actions they take to tackle this problem.”