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Gull Muggings Discussed in Scarborough

Gull Muggings Discussed in Scarborough

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Carl Gavaghan at 9:43am 16th January 2020. (Updated at 6:39am 17th January 2020)

A Scarborough councillor has branded people who feed seagulls as “stupid”, as the seaside council looks for new ways to tackle bird attacks on humans.

Labour cabinet member, Tony Randerson, made the comments during a meeting of Scarborough Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Board yesterday (Weds).

He said:

“Scarborough is a seaside town, gulls are going to be with us, like it or not.

I’d like to draw attention to what I feel is the stupidity of people, residents feeding these gulls in our urban areas and I use the words carefully.

It is a stupid, irresponsible act to actually feed the seagulls in the urban areas. That’s not the food they should be getting. It’s attracting more and more gulls. It’s a never-ending circle and something we have got to address.”

The remarks came during a discussion of the council’s plans to tackle gull attacks, known as muggings.

The board had heard that the number of reported gull muggings reported to the council in 2019 was down by almost 50% on the previous year, though a number of councillors said they did not believe the overall number of attacks had fallen.

Cllr Randerson has been speaking to Yorkshire Coast Radio's Karen Liu:

Following on from Cllr Randerson, Green Party Cllr Neil Robinson proposed that the council should look into bringing in a by-law to allow people who feed gulls to be fined.

He said:

“I think this is what we need to be doing, we need to be stopping people feeding the seagulls so that the gulls learn that humans aren’t a source of food.

We need to be looking at a bylaw and an enforced bylaw. The birds do learn and this will help.”

The scrutiny board backed the council’s plans for the next 12 months with a number of measures around gull-proofing buildings, including the council possibly match-funding businesses to help and public engagement around the feeding of birds to be considered.

A firm will also be employed during the summer to clean areas that are frequently covered in gull droppings.


There are 2 comments on this page.

Yorkshire80, on 16th January 2020 5:50pm
Totally agree, not only that but businesses & the public should be fined for leaving bin bags on the street which the gulls just rip open. I'd suggest people be fined if their bin lid is open more than a set distance as the gulls just pull rubbish out. Theres a lady in the old town who feeds birds, a guy on a mobility scooter in alma Square and theres often bread left out each morning on Oxford Street. Just total stupidity!
Big Bill, on 17th January 2020 9:44am
I live on Chub Hill Whitby near Pannett Park and every late night someone is throwing large amounts food at the side of the Floral Clock and other Park areas. As a result we are woken up with the sound of the Gulls hovering making a racket waiting for it to come light enough to swoop. The food is there most of the night which could attract vermin. This person must be local and should be Fined as they must know the rules because they come during darkness.

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