Call for conference to tackle gull problem in Bristol
By The Bristol Post | Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 08:00
A CALL has been made for a conference to tackle the problem of gulls in the Bristol area.
The move comes after a rise in the amount of waste and litter strewn in residential streets.
Conservative councillors in Bath and North East Somerset, which includes the Keynsham area, have labelled the problem as "untenable".
They have called on the council to work with businesses, the tourist industry, residents and neighbouring authorities to tackle the region's growing problem.
Tory Councillor Geoff Ward said: "I think the idea of holding a 'gull conference' is an excellent one and one which we want to give our full backing to. The problems associated with gulls affect many places throughout Bath and North East Somerset and former Avon area more widely, so a West of England-wide solution has to be the way forward."
The council's deputy leader, Tory Councillor Patrick Anketell-Jones said: "Gulls are seen as a real menace and have even been known to attack people.
"Litter problems aren't going away. Residents and visitors still have to witness gulls scavenging through waste bags left on the city's streets on a regular basis, as well as contend with all the bird mess on the pavements and street furniture. "
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