Cumbernauld residents get in flap over seagulls

ANGRY residents have set up an online petition calling on council bosses to deal with the growing seagull problem.

Loading Comments
Share
Print

The petition, which has more than 280 signatures, says the gull population is on the rise in Cumbernauld and is causing havoc in the ­local community.

Residents in Carbrain claim the birds are being disruptive leaving a mess and creating noise.

They are now urging the council to step in and tackle the issue.

Kris Thomson, from Cumbernauld, said: "I am woken up at 3.30am most mornings with their squawking and my ­windows are constantly caked in their droppings."

The petition has the support from MSPs who are asking the council to follow the example of Dumfries and Galloway where the council introduced a cull to deal with a similar problem.

MSP for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth Jamie Hepburn, said: "I welcome this ­petition and the opportunity it presents both for local residents to make their voices heard and for the placing further pressure on the Council to act."

North Lanarkshire Council said there was little it could do.

A spokesman said: "The gulls are following their natural instincts to protect both nests and their young.

"In 2012 we spent £4500 on egg and nest removal on one building and residents didn't notice any difference.

"Multiply that by 50 sites in Cumbernauld and the potential cost rises to more than £250,000 a year for at least three to five years.

"The Dumfries and Galloway experiment was paid for by the Scottish Government and had little effect on gull numbers.

"Culling the birds would be difficult in an urban area and be cost prohibitive.

"We would also face criticism from animal welfare groups."

reporters@eveningtimes.co.uk

Local government

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on Evening Times on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis. If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.

174244

Have you got a story?

Contact the news desk on 0141 302 6520 or email news@eveningtimes.co.uk
Michelle McManus

Michelle McManus

Sussed in the City

What a year for me...it’s a wonderful life!

Times Out

Entertainment

Lifestyle

TV Advert
Janice Bell

Janice Bell

You couldn’t make up half the stuff that happens to PA Janice Bell- some of the jams she gets herself into are worth a story or two.

Games news:

Putting the world to rights

Gail's Gab

Preparing for Christmas and sparing a thought for Angelina Jolie

Cat’s Eyes on Glasgow

Cat’s Eyes on Glasgow

Cat Cubie’s job is to find and share with you the fabulous things the city has to offer, from gigs to gastro.