Call for action over pigeon droppings from Maindee bridge

South Wales Argus: Councillor Majhid Rahman and Angela Lloyd, chairman of the Maindee action committee, at Maindee Bridge, which has a problem with pidgeons leaving a trail of droppings onto the pavement below, which could cause contamination (7226228) Councillor Majhid Rahman and Angela Lloyd, chairman of the Maindee action committee, at Maindee Bridge, which has a problem with pidgeons leaving a trail of droppings onto the pavement below, which could cause contamination (7226228)

PIGEONS are making life difficult for people who say the droppings they leave underneath a railway bridge are a safety risk and so dirty they make worshippers reluctant to go to a nearby mosque.

Now councillors and residents in Maindee, Newport, are calling on Network Rail to install netting to stop the birds nesting.

Many worshippers at the Shahporan Bangladeshi Jam’e Mosque just off Chepstow Road have to walk underneath the bridge to get to prayers.

In Islam, there is a requirement that people are clean before they come into the mosque or begin to pray. But some feel the dirty bridge makes this difficult, while others say the pigeon prevalence is dangerous, as people have slipped over on the droppings.

Abbas Meah, 75, who has lived in Maindee since 1962, said the pigeons were causing problems for people going to mosque.

“People must walk through pigeon mess on both sides of the bridge,” he said. “I have spoken to our local MP. If they just put a net up that would help; that’s all we’re asking for. People can’t pray like this.”

Majid Rahman, councillor for Victoria ward, said: “The walls are grubby with pigeon mess. It’s a health and safety issue. Someone badly hurt their hand as a result of droppings on a metal grate. We’re looking to have a meeting with Network Rail.”

Fellow councillor Christine Jenkins said: “They clean it but as soon as they do, the mess is there again. It’s time Network Rail took responsibility for their bridge. It’s dangerous – someone is going to slip on it.”

A Network Rail spokesperson said: “Network Rail has a responsibility to taxpayers to ensure that it spends its limited public funds wisely.

“When looking at the problem and nuisance we know pigeons cause, we look at the scale of the problem and undertake a risk assessment to make an informed judgement. We cannot justify the expense of netting as we don’t believe there is a statutory nuisance.”

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4:17pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Ultimate Worrier says...

How about an umbrella?
How about an umbrella? Ultimate Worrier
  • Score: 5

4:23pm Wed 25 Jun 14

cornucopia of crapitude says...

If there were more public lavatories suitable for use by volant residents in Newport it would help. At the moment the birds have no alternative. Come on Newport Council, use taxpayers's hard earned money to install toilets for these poor feathered creatures. No? Well at the very least you should recruit a Feral Pigeon Welfare and Liaison Officer. Pigeons have rights too you know...
If there were more public lavatories suitable for use by volant residents in Newport it would help. At the moment the birds have no alternative. Come on Newport Council, use taxpayers's hard earned money to install toilets for these poor feathered creatures. No? Well at the very least you should recruit a Feral Pigeon Welfare and Liaison Officer. Pigeons have rights too you know... cornucopia of crapitude
  • Score: 11

4:41pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Floppy backed says...

Cull the lot - vermin I mean. What do these disgusting birds do but cause mess to cities. The disease and damage to buildings its just awful. But there is plenty of dropped food and bins for these vermin to scavenge, must be a way of culling or curtailing their breeding?
Cull the lot - vermin I mean. What do these disgusting birds do but cause mess to cities. The disease and damage to buildings its just awful. But there is plenty of dropped food and bins for these vermin to scavenge, must be a way of culling or curtailing their breeding? Floppy backed
  • Score: 1

4:50pm Wed 25 Jun 14

cornucopia of crapitude says...

Ultimate Worrier wrote:
How about an umbrella?
Not sure that would help, pigeons are unlikely to be able to hold an umbrella very effectively, particularly when the are in the midst of passing a doo-doo...
[quote][p][bold]Ultimate Worrier[/bold] wrote: How about an umbrella?[/p][/quote]Not sure that would help, pigeons are unlikely to be able to hold an umbrella very effectively, particularly when the are in the midst of passing a doo-doo... cornucopia of crapitude
  • Score: 1

4:56pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Julesblaina1 says...

its classed as good luck if a bird **** on ya head isnt it
its classed as good luck if a bird **** on ya head isnt it Julesblaina1
  • Score: 1

4:57pm Wed 25 Jun 14

welshmen says...

Wow, Local Muslims have broken their silence, not over jihady fighters from Gwent,"....Quote.“
People must walk through pigeon mess on both sides of the bridge,” he said. “I have spoken to our local MP"....unquote.... no mention from any Muslims of the terror form within and what they can do to help, no it's always what they want, what they moan about, never ending trivial drivel.... It's a wonder we haven't had the usual call " Racist Pigeons"....
Wow, Local Muslims have broken their silence, not over jihady fighters from Gwent,"....Quote.“ People must walk through pigeon mess on both sides of the bridge,” he said. “I have spoken to our local MP"....unquote.... no mention from any Muslims of the terror form within and what they can do to help, no it's always what they want, what they moan about, never ending trivial drivel.... It's a wonder we haven't had the usual call " Racist Pigeons".... welshmen
  • Score: 0

5:04pm Wed 25 Jun 14

MERoden says...

Just remove the pigeon's nests and clean up the area, and bring the pigeons out to the wild country side. There shouldn't be all the pigeons there in the first place. It would help if Network Rail put netting up alright. It's the least they can do. People should also stop feeding them.
Just remove the pigeon's nests and clean up the area, and bring the pigeons out to the wild country side. There shouldn't be all the pigeons there in the first place. It would help if Network Rail put netting up alright. It's the least they can do. People should also stop feeding them. MERoden
  • Score: 6

5:07pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Magor says...

Bird mess,graffiti,fly posting,shabby buildings,weeds are all making Newport look a mess,no point building fancy shops when the rest of the place looks like a dump.Get the basics done first.
Bird mess,graffiti,fly posting,shabby buildings,weeds are all making Newport look a mess,no point building fancy shops when the rest of the place looks like a dump.Get the basics done first. Magor
  • Score: 7

7:07pm Wed 25 Jun 14

manager111 says...

cornucopia of crapitude

I can't stop laughing at your comment, the state Newport is in at the moment, the least of the problems is pigeon pooh h ha ha ha
cornucopia of crapitude I can't stop laughing at your comment, the state Newport is in at the moment, the least of the problems is pigeon pooh h ha ha ha manager111
  • Score: 0

8:01pm Wed 25 Jun 14

sooty001 says...

I write this with apprehension in case I am targeted as a racist, but there are plenty of places in Newport which are subject to the pigeons mess, Maindee is a particular bad area, and people have to walk through it. I have no doubt that this area by Harrow Road will cleaned because of the nature of the complaint, I only hope that other areas of Newport are dealt with in similar fashion.
I write this with apprehension in case I am targeted as a racist, but there are plenty of places in Newport which are subject to the pigeons mess, Maindee is a particular bad area, and people have to walk through it. I have no doubt that this area by Harrow Road will cleaned because of the nature of the complaint, I only hope that other areas of Newport are dealt with in similar fashion. sooty001
  • Score: 5

9:17pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Foxyboy3rd says...

The problem is not having it landing on you but that the pavement is covered in the filth.Beside the Mosque issue its a pain when you get home with it all on the toddlers buggies and potentially harmful. Network Rail won't do anything , as they won't under the Wharf Rd. bridge where all the dripping water has undermined the pavement , it causes flooding and is an absolute nuisance to walk under the dripping water. Jessica Morden has seen it year's ago resulting in one rocking slab being taken up and replaced by tarmac. Everything else is still the same. It is so saddening to see it all so rundown but then it's "only" Maindee.
The problem is not having it landing on you but that the pavement is covered in the filth.Beside the Mosque issue its a pain when you get home with it all on the toddlers buggies and potentially harmful. Network Rail won't do anything , as they won't under the Wharf Rd. bridge where all the dripping water has undermined the pavement , it causes flooding and is an absolute nuisance to walk under the dripping water. Jessica Morden has seen it year's ago resulting in one rocking slab being taken up and replaced by tarmac. Everything else is still the same. It is so saddening to see it all so rundown but then it's "only" Maindee. Foxyboy3rd
  • Score: 0

10:52pm Wed 25 Jun 14

bravoscar says...

I'm surprised anyone noticed **** blends with ****
I'm surprised anyone noticed **** blends with **** bravoscar
  • Score: -2

4:37am Thu 26 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

They poo all over my car....the pigeons....who did you think I meant?
Someone in the picture is obviously doing their best, by eating a lot of pigeon pie.
They poo all over my car....the pigeons....who did you think I meant? Someone in the picture is obviously doing their best, by eating a lot of pigeon pie. Dai Rear
  • Score: 0

7:59am Thu 26 Jun 14

I'm back xx says...

Lovely pigeons
Lovely pigeons I'm back xx
  • Score: 2

11:52am Thu 26 Jun 14

short circuit says...

The bridge and the pigeons were there before the mosque and have been ever since I can remember and I am 75. This is the first time I have ever heard of a complaint,
The bridge and the pigeons were there before the mosque and have been ever since I can remember and I am 75. This is the first time I have ever heard of a complaint, short circuit
  • Score: 0

2:22pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Jimport says...

welshmen wrote:
Wow, Local Muslims have broken their silence, not over jihady fighters from Gwent,"....Quot
e.“
People must walk through pigeon mess on both sides of the bridge,” he said. “I have spoken to our local MP"....unquote.... no mention from any Muslims of the terror form within and what they can do to help, no it's always what they want, what they moan about, never ending trivial drivel.... It's a wonder we haven't had the usual call " Racist Pigeons"....
It's an article about pigeon excrement, not militant extremism. Some people have a grasp of context. Some, clearly, don't.
[quote][p][bold]welshmen[/bold] wrote: Wow, Local Muslims have broken their silence, not over jihady fighters from Gwent,"....Quot e.“ People must walk through pigeon mess on both sides of the bridge,” he said. “I have spoken to our local MP"....unquote.... no mention from any Muslims of the terror form within and what they can do to help, no it's always what they want, what they moan about, never ending trivial drivel.... It's a wonder we haven't had the usual call " Racist Pigeons"....[/p][/quote]It's an article about pigeon excrement, not militant extremism. Some people have a grasp of context. Some, clearly, don't. Jimport
  • Score: 4

4:19pm Thu 26 Jun 14

welshmen says...

Liberal thought: Gets offended because someone somewhere might be offended, ring any bells jimmyport....
Liberal thought: Gets offended because someone somewhere might be offended, ring any bells jimmyport.... welshmen
  • Score: -2

9:06pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Limestonecowboy says...

short circuit wrote:
The bridge and the pigeons were there before the mosque and have been ever since I can remember and I am 75. This is the first time I have ever heard of a complaint,
Well lets keep the cr*p covered pavements then !
[quote][p][bold]short circuit[/bold] wrote: The bridge and the pigeons were there before the mosque and have been ever since I can remember and I am 75. This is the first time I have ever heard of a complaint,[/p][/quote]Well lets keep the cr*p covered pavements then ! Limestonecowboy
  • Score: 0

9:28pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Foxyboy3rd says...

short circuit wrote:
The bridge and the pigeons were there before the mosque and have been ever since I can remember and I am 75. This is the first time I have ever heard of a complaint,
People have been commenting and complaining for years but this is Maindee and since 1905 Newport.
[quote][p][bold]short circuit[/bold] wrote: The bridge and the pigeons were there before the mosque and have been ever since I can remember and I am 75. This is the first time I have ever heard of a complaint,[/p][/quote]People have been commenting and complaining for years but this is Maindee and since 1905 Newport. Foxyboy3rd
  • Score: 1

10:17pm Thu 26 Jun 14

cornucopia of crapitude says...

manager111 wrote:
cornucopia of crapitude

I can't stop laughing at your comment, the state Newport is in at the moment, the least of the problems is pigeon pooh h ha ha ha
I was totally serious.

What do we want? Equal rights for feral pigeons! When do we want it? Now!

For more info on the campaign please contact:

bob.bright@newport.g
ov.uk
[quote][p][bold]manager111[/bold] wrote: cornucopia of crapitude I can't stop laughing at your comment, the state Newport is in at the moment, the least of the problems is pigeon pooh h ha ha ha[/p][/quote]I was totally serious. What do we want? Equal rights for feral pigeons! When do we want it? Now! For more info on the campaign please contact: bob.bright@newport.g ov.uk cornucopia of crapitude
  • Score: 0

10:48pm Thu 26 Jun 14

cornucopia of crapitude says...

News just in:
Heddlu Gwent Police have announced they are setting up a Flying Squab to tackle hate crime targeted at the Urban Columbidae Community . Officers will be patrolling ageing railway bridges, dilapidated town squares and disused factories in Gwent's urban areas to reassure feathered residents.
News just in: Heddlu Gwent Police have announced they are setting up a Flying Squab [Sic] to tackle hate crime targeted at the Urban Columbidae Community [formerly referred to as Feral Pigeons]. Officers will be patrolling ageing railway bridges, dilapidated town squares and disused factories in Gwent's urban areas to reassure feathered residents. cornucopia of crapitude
  • Score: 3

9:39am Fri 27 Jun 14

Jimport says...

welshmen wrote:
Liberal thought: Gets offended because someone somewhere might be offended, ring any bells jimmyport....
No, Welshymen old chap. Your views don't offend me in the slightest, I'm not the 'get offended' type. I just like a bit of context. So the guy didn't mention jihad? Neither did he didn't mention what flavour jam is his favourite or whether he thinks Germany have got what it takes to go all the way in the World Cup. You know why? It's got no relevance whatsoever to pigeon cr@p!
[quote][p][bold]welshmen[/bold] wrote: Liberal thought: Gets offended because someone somewhere might be offended, ring any bells jimmyport....[/p][/quote]No, Welshymen old chap. Your views don't offend me in the slightest, I'm not the 'get offended' type. I just like a bit of context. So the guy didn't mention jihad? Neither did he didn't mention what flavour jam is his favourite or whether he thinks Germany have got what it takes to go all the way in the World Cup. You know why? It's got no relevance whatsoever to pigeon cr@p! Jimport
  • Score: 3
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