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Darwen mayor calls for action on 'health hazard' pigeons
THE mayor of Darwen Town Council has called for action to stop pigeons roosting under two railway bridges.
Coun Eileen Entwistle said bird droppings were making the pavement below the bridges in Cotton Hall Street and Exchange Street a mess.
Coun Entwistle, who represents the Sudell ward at borough and town council, said it was a health hazard on a public walkway.
She said: “The footpath under both of those bridges is quite narrow and they are on bends in the road.
“So if someone was to step out into the road to avoid the mess on the pavement there could be an accident, especially if there is oncoming traffic. And of course, with all those droppings everywhere it is a health hazard because of the germs.”
Coun Entwistle said there had been discussions between the council and Network Rail.
She said: “We have been asking them to put up some sort of netting to prevent them from roosting in there.
“But so far there hasn’t been any resolution. This is an issue that has been ongoing now for years and years.
“The council has been out and cleaned the pavement a few times but it is pointless to keep sending teams out to clean it if it will just happen again.”
A Network Rail spokeswoman said: “If a member of the public or a local councillor believes there is an issue, we would encourage them to get in touch with our national helpline on 08457 114141 and we can investigate.”
In April, the Lancashire Telegraph reported Deli Carlo owner Carlo Ricioppo had called for action to stop birds defecating on the walls and floor in front of his shop outside Darwen Market.
As a result, spikes have been put up preventing pigeons from roosting and allowing Mr Ricioppo to put tables outside his business for use by customers.
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