Residents' delight as Maindee pigeon poo problem solved

Residents' delight as Maindee pigeon poo problem solved

Network Rail have put nets under Maindee railway bridge to prevent pidgeons dropping poo on the footpath below Championing the cause are councillors Christine Jenkins and Majid Rahman (9094353)

Network Rail have put nets under Maindee railway bridge to prevent pidgeons dropping poo on the footpath below Championing the cause are councillors Christine Jenkins and Majid Rahman (9094372)

Network Rail have put nets under Maindee railway bridge to prevent pidgeons dropping poo on the footpath below (9094308)

First published in Gwent news by

PROBLEMATIC pigeons will no longer be able to nest under the railway bridge on Chepstow Road thanks to nets installed after a story appeared in the Argus in June.

Network Rail put up the nets after councillors raised concerns about safety, adding the birds were so foul they made worshippers reluctant to go to a nearby mosque.

Maindee residents had hoped for a solution for years and say they are delighted action has finally been taken.

Worshippers at the Shahporan Bangladeshi Jam’e Mosque had to walk underneath the bridge to get to prayers, but many felt the pigeon mess made it difficult to be clean before entering the mosque, a requirement in Islam.

Others said the pigeon prevalence was dangerous as people had slipped over on the droppings.

Councillor Christine Jenkins said her husband noticed workmen installing the netting last week. “I want to say ‘Thank you’ to Network Rail”, she said. “It has been installed since we put it in the paper and it’s a good result. We have waited a long time to have netting put under the bridge. It’s nice to know Network Rail is listening to the public. It’s going to have a good effect on the community – they have been fighting for years for it.”

One worshipper, Abbas Meah, 75, who has lived in Maindee since 1962, said the pigeons had been a serious problem. “People must walk through pigeon mess on both sides of the bridge,” he said prior to the nets being installed. “People can’t pray like this.”

Majid Rahman, councillor for Victoria ward, said the walls had been “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.”

Cllrs Rahman and Jenkins delivered a leaflet to Maindee residents last week saying the nets had been installed “to protect you from pigeon droppings” after talks with the council’s street scene department, Network Rail and Maindee Action Group.

A Network Rail spokesman said previously: “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.”

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10:48am Sat 9 Aug 14

disgruntled taxpayer says...

now that network rail have installed nets under chepstow road railway bridge , can i take it that they will be doing the same under caerleon railway bridge which suffers from the same problem , or is it because asians need to complain about being unclean to enter a mosque , to get any action taken . what about the rest of the general public , don't we matter ??
now that network rail have installed nets under chepstow road railway bridge , can i take it that they will be doing the same under caerleon railway bridge which suffers from the same problem , or is it because asians need to complain about being unclean to enter a mosque , to get any action taken . what about the rest of the general public , don't we matter ?? disgruntled taxpayer
  • Score: 10

10:48am Sat 9 Aug 14

Cllr Ed Townsend says...

Err... How come the pigeons are still there, then? And the pavement is still covered in their droppings? And only one side of the road has been done... and the pigeons can still fly in under the mesh net that has been put up. Is it 1st April or are these two serious?
Err... How come the pigeons are still there, then? And the pavement is still covered in their droppings? And only one side of the road has been done... and the pigeons can still fly in under the mesh net that has been put up. Is it 1st April or are these two serious? Cllr Ed Townsend
  • Score: 9

10:58am Sat 9 Aug 14

displayed says...

"Network Rail put up the nets after councillors raised concerns about safety, adding the birds were so foul they made worshippers reluctant to go to a nearby mosque."

M u s l i m rules again...............
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"Network Rail put up the nets after councillors raised concerns about safety, adding the birds were so foul they made worshippers reluctant to go to a nearby mosque." M u s l i m rules again............... . displayed
  • Score: 10

6:08pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Wazproud says...

Get the fax correct. Ed Towsend got the ball rolling on this issue a few years back and kept us all in the pipeline as the matter progressed.. and the Carleon road rail bridge has been done, same as the rail bridge at the junction of the old picture house.Clarence place, has been completed. it all took time and effort from all involved. the pigion mess may still be around the walk way's, as NCC, havent jeted and cleaned as of yet. im happy to be able to walk under it now rather than run. :))). thanks .
Get the fax correct. Ed Towsend got the ball rolling on this issue a few years back and kept us all in the pipeline as the matter progressed.. and the Carleon road rail bridge has been done, same as the rail bridge at the junction of the old picture house.Clarence place, has been completed. it all took time and effort from all involved. the pigion mess may still be around the walk way's, as NCC, havent jeted and cleaned as of yet. im happy to be able to walk under it now rather than run. :))). thanks . Wazproud
  • Score: 6

7:59pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Jonnytrouble says...

This has been a nuisance for many years now and walking along the 2 roads last wk I see nets under the one railway bridge on Caerleon Rd protect the pavements but that ' Rat with wings ' are above the rd as NO netting !
Also walking along Chepstow Rd from City to Maindee on left hand side NO nets so my Christian shoes had to walk in that mess again from the ' Rats with wings '
Half a job done once again, good on you useless network rail !
Think I will change my religion only way things seam to get done these days ?
This has been a nuisance for many years now and walking along the 2 roads last wk I see nets under the one railway bridge on Caerleon Rd protect the pavements but that ' Rat with wings ' are above the rd as NO netting ! Also walking along Chepstow Rd from City to Maindee on left hand side NO nets so my Christian shoes had to walk in that mess again from the ' Rats with wings ' Half a job done once again, good on you useless network rail ! Think I will change my religion only way things seam to get done these days ? Jonnytrouble
  • Score: -3

4:10am Sun 10 Aug 14

MikeO4O8 says...

Not even noticed lol, I still see dead pigeons on the road under there though. Will take a look in a few hours when I head out.
Not even noticed lol, I still see dead pigeons on the road under there though. Will take a look in a few hours when I head out. MikeO4O8
  • Score: 0

6:46am Sun 10 Aug 14

Severn40 says...

clearly the councillors need an eye test. A quick look up would see the pigeons happily roosting away on the netting. A quick look down and the droppings are worse than ever. Also the other side, has not been done. did they cross the road? trust the argus to miss the true story. That the netting is a botched job.
clearly the councillors need an eye test. A quick look up would see the pigeons happily roosting away on the netting. A quick look down and the droppings are worse than ever. Also the other side, has not been done. did they cross the road? trust the argus to miss the true story. That the netting is a botched job. Severn40
  • Score: 5

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