Reduce seagull numbers to deal with Falmouth's rubbish blight says councillor (From Falmouth Packet)
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Reduce seagull numbers to deal with Falmouth's rubbish blight says councillor
3:00pm Sunday 18th August 2013 in News
Reducing the seagull population and introducing wheelie bins would be a sure-fire way to resolve Falmouth’s rubbish problem, according to at least one councillor.
Councillors at Falmouth Town Council’s monthly surgery were once again confronted by residents complaining about the state of the town and the amount of rubbish and litter that is left strewn across the streets on refuse collection day.
Clive Mathison, of Wodehouse Terrace, said: “I have seen Falmouth become more and more dirty. I am still working hard and so are a few other people and I know money is tight.
“We have a continuous problem (with the rubbish). There was a one day effort by residents in that area, started off by the publican of the Sea View Inn, to clean up all the rubbish and that was fantastic – until the next day when it was as bad as it was before.”
Mr Mathison said the problem was exacerbated by a block of flats where the there is a constant turn-over of residents, who don’t appear to know when to put their rubbish out and do not have bins to store it in. This leads to the bin bags been torn apart by seagulls.
Councillor Oliver Cramp drew attention to the new seagull proof sacks which can hold three bin bags and are for sale at Falmouth’s One Stop Shop in Church Street for £3.50.
Councillor Brod Ross had other ideas, though. “I would like to see the problem resolved at the source – which is the seagull,” he said. “It would be nice to reduce the number of seagulls in Falmouth. RNAS Culdrose has a hawk which keeps their runways clear.”
He said that in other towns hawks are used in early spring when the seagulls are preparing to nest. “They frighten the seagull but does no direct harm to them,” said Mr Ross.
“It might be worth putting some plastic hawks around the town, on roofs and chimney pots, and have ones that appear to move. If we can reduce the seagull population in the first place, that will be an excellent idea.
“I think people would complain if we started bumping them off, but if we can also reduce their food source, it would help. The real solution, which is the most expensive solution, is wheelie bins. It would work, but they are very expensive.”
The possibility of Cornwall Council providing wheelie bins to householders across the county was recently dismissed by Bert Biscoe, cabinet member for transport and waste. He said: “There are 260,000 households in Cornwall. Not everyone wants (or can accommodate) wheelie bins.
“Our contractor, Cory, will take sacks from a dustbin or wheelie bin but in such economic times, the council can’t justify supplying bins to all households.”
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