Time running out for pigeons at Cornhill

By Mark Pritchett in Local People

WORK is set to begin on ridding a property in Fore Street, Wellington, of pigeons, writes Barry Knott.

The birds have plagued flats in the building for years and angered florist Sharon David, who runs Interiors and Flowers in Cornhill.

She recently told the WWN: “It is a disgrace and compulsory purchase orders should be put in place. I have been trading here for four years and during that time the lane has been cleaned only twice.”

Wellington Town Council was told at its monthly meeting on Monday last week that the owner of the flats had agreed to pest contractors clearing the property of the pigeons and securing it so that the birds cannot return.

Pigeon poo has blighted the area for years creating a health risk and making it unsuitable for prams and wheelchairs.

Cornhill was once described as Wellington’s ‘Jewel in the Crown’ but has long since been a breeding ground for pigeons.

A Taunton Deane Borough Council spokeswoman told the WWN: “Council officers are currently in discussion with the property management agent to secure the removal of the pigeons under the Planning (Listed Building & Conservation Areas) Act 1990.

“The agent is in the process of obtaining quotes for the pest control works which are likely to necessitate a one-day closure of Cornhill while the exterior of the building is cleaned.”

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