Netting to be re-installed under Clemens Street Bridge in bid to stop pigeons - The Leamington Observer

Netting to be re-installed under Clemens Street Bridge in bid to stop pigeons

Leamington Editorial 23rd Jul, 2018   0

PIGEONS who have made themselves at home under Clemens Street railway bridge will be flying the nest if campaigners get their way.

The bridge was previously fitted with netting but birds kept becoming trapped and dying after holes were not repaired.

After a public outcry some two years ago, the netting was removed.

But the Green Party says those walking or cycling under the bridge have being dodging pigeon poo ever since.

Now it is calling on Warwick District Council and Network Rail to fix the problem and is campaigning for change.

Amy Evans, who is spearheading the campaign, said: “This has gone on long enough. For over two years we’ve been pushing the council and Network Rail to sort this out, possibly by putting a metal mesh in place, but they’ve failed to take action.

“People should be able to walk up this busy street without risk of pigeon poo.”

A spokeswoman for Network Rail said the company plans to install metal netting next year.

She said: “Wherever possible Network Rail works with local authorities to discourage pigeons from perching or nesting on railway bridges.

“We plan to install netting to the railway bridge in Clemens Street by summer next year. We have to prioritise our work to keep the railway running safely and reliably. We understand the inconvenience to pedestrians and will install the netting as soon as possible.”


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