WELLINGTON florist Sharon Davis has described the clearance of pigeons in Cornhill – and the mess that goes with them – as ‘great’.
Her business, Interior and Flowers, has been blighted for four years by the birds.
“It has been a disgrace,” said Sharon yesterday. “But now the pigeons have been dealt with and spikes have been put in place to deter them. It means I don’t have to go out to hose down the area every week.”
Ferrel pigeons have roosted in a derelict flat above the archway just off Fore Street for years and this has been a problem for not only Sharon’s business but also for shoppers passing by.
Isabel Ward, of Wellington in Bloom, said: “Two men from Valley Pest control worked at the property over the arch in Cornhill last week. It was a ‘foul’ job and the property itself was unsafe.
“Following the clearance of pigeons and spikes put on window ledges to prevent their return, the travel agents Thompsons has been requested by Taunton Deane to install spikes along a pipe high up on its building, where the pigeons could continue to roost.
“This has been shared with the manager of Thompsons, who have been given 28 days notice to address the problem. Needless to say we are continuing to monitor the issue.”
Cllr Janet Reed, who has been concerned about for the problem for some time, said: “It is looking much better but there is still work to be done.”
The WWN understands the The Iron Duke is also taking action to prevent pigeons roosting in the old arcade at the top of North Street.