Pier's pigeon poo problem

PESKY pigeons are pooping all over one of Clevedon's favourite landmarks - forcing volunteers to spend hours each week cleaning up the mess

PESKY pigeons are pooping all over one of Clevedon's favourite landmarks - forcing volunteers to spend hours each week cleaning up the mess.Scores of birds have set up home in the dilapidated Royal Pier Hotel next door which has laid empty since 2003, flying over and perching on Clevedon Pier. But behind them they are leaving a trail of mess over the seats, railings and pier planks.Volunteers who visit the tourist attraction each week are spending at least two hours of their time cleaning up the pigeon poo.Pier mistress Linda Strong said: "They make such an awful mess and when the weather is fine we spend at least two hours a week cleaning off the seats and benches which are plastered with white pigeon droppings."This is time that we could use more wisely on other projects at the pier."Mrs Strong says the pigeons nesting in the rotting building next door have been a problem for some time and despite complaints about her nuisance neighbours, little has been done to get rid of them.Mrs Strong added: "There are so many of them - at least 100 in the building."They are getting in through the roof which is open following a fire a few years ago and nesting and breeding."We complained and the owner put a net over the roof to stop them getting in but this didn't work, especially as many of the windows are broken and they are getting in through there."We have also raised the issue with North Somerset Council environmental department, but nothing much seems to get done."Owner of the hotel, Harvey Hill, currently has planning permission to develop the building into 27 luxury flats.Mr Hill has already sold a number of the flats off plan and says work on the development will start in the summer.


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