Pigeons love it

First published in Letters

REGARDING the ‘pigeon bridge’ on Chepstow Road; I can’t see how people are happy with the netting put up by Network Rail – it’s totally pointless as the pigeons have easy access in and out and continue to mess on passers-by.

In fact, they’ve got more places from which to mess now, as they’re walking around on the netting. Also, even though it’s ineffectual, why has netting been put on only one side?

N Maher, Newport

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2:17pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Mervyn James says...

It's a definite health hazard, and we've seen pensioners slipping in pigeon mess which is covered in pigeon muck. So who do they sue ? British Rail or the council ? The Council is responsible for the pavement, the Railway responsible for the mess by not ensuring pigeons living and breeding in the metalwork of the bridge. Can we not revert to paying people to cull these pigeons ? 25-50p for each carcass ? and £50 fines for those feeding them ? They are after all vermin which the council has a legal obligation to get rid of too.
It's a definite health hazard, and we've seen pensioners slipping in pigeon mess which is covered in pigeon muck. So who do they sue ? British Rail or the council ? The Council is responsible for the pavement, the Railway responsible for the mess by not ensuring pigeons living and breeding in the metalwork of the bridge. Can we not revert to paying people to cull these pigeons ? 25-50p for each carcass ? and £50 fines for those feeding them ? They are after all vermin which the council has a legal obligation to get rid of too. Mervyn James
  • Score: 1

4:07pm Fri 15 Aug 14

landyman3030 says...

Without Network Rails say so, nothing can be done to the bridge or the structure supporting it. Network Rail do not have to comply with any Council or Government nuisance like planning laws or health and safety.
This was proven with the new Newport train station where Network Rail TOLD NCC what they were putting there and when.
The only chance you have is getting NCC to agree to clean the pathway more frequently but, to be honest, they will probably wave the lack of funds at you and then you are back to square one.
Without Network Rails say so, nothing can be done to the bridge or the structure supporting it. Network Rail do not have to comply with any Council or Government nuisance like planning laws or health and safety. This was proven with the new Newport train station where Network Rail TOLD NCC what they were putting there and when. The only chance you have is getting NCC to agree to clean the pathway more frequently but, to be honest, they will probably wave the lack of funds at you and then you are back to square one. landyman3030
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4:54pm Fri 15 Aug 14

-trigg- says...

If Newport Council decides to pay people for pigeon carcasses, it won't be long before half the chavs in town start breeding them
If Newport Council decides to pay people for pigeon carcasses, it won't be long before half the chavs in town start breeding them -trigg-
  • Score: -3

6:30pm Fri 15 Aug 14

welshmen says...

Wonderful pigeon's, picking up food from those who dispose of what they don't eat in Maindee takeways and delivering it back filtered, God's creatures...Get rid of the food, will get rid of the birds....
Wonderful pigeon's, picking up food from those who dispose of what they don't eat in Maindee takeways and delivering it back filtered, God's creatures...Get rid of the food, will get rid of the birds.... welshmen
  • Score: 2

8:50am Sat 16 Aug 14

Mervyn James says...

The issue is clearly humans feeding vermin, pigeons won't thrive without easy access to waste food. The problem is under the bridge it can be very dangerous underfoot, do we need an accident to focus things ? It's a pity the railway and council cannot share the cost of preventing them roosting under the bridge,and waiting for people to get hurt first. It's pure filth and these pigeons need removing. The town centre could do with a cull too (Pigeons not people but....)
The issue is clearly humans feeding vermin, pigeons won't thrive without easy access to waste food. The problem is under the bridge it can be very dangerous underfoot, do we need an accident to focus things ? It's a pity the railway and council cannot share the cost of preventing them roosting under the bridge,and waiting for people to get hurt first. It's pure filth and these pigeons need removing. The town centre could do with a cull too (Pigeons not people but....) Mervyn James
  • Score: 2

2:55pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Watery Bob says...

Whist the one-sided netting on the Maindee bridge is absolute rubbish, the two-sided netting on the bridge in the street by the side of the old Odeon is excellent. Maindee residents ought to go and have a look, perhaps they then won't be quite so pleased.
Whist the one-sided netting on the Maindee bridge is absolute rubbish, the two-sided netting on the bridge in the street by the side of the old Odeon is excellent. Maindee residents ought to go and have a look, perhaps they then won't be quite so pleased. Watery Bob
  • Score: 1

6:16pm Sun 17 Aug 14

keithbob says...

Watery Bob wrote:
Whist the one-sided netting on the Maindee bridge is absolute rubbish, the two-sided netting on the bridge in the street by the side of the old Odeon is excellent. Maindee residents ought to go and have a look, perhaps they then won't be quite so pleased.
have you seen the pigeon **** there lately.worse than trying to dodge the dog doo doos!
[quote][p][bold]Watery Bob[/bold] wrote: Whist the one-sided netting on the Maindee bridge is absolute rubbish, the two-sided netting on the bridge in the street by the side of the old Odeon is excellent. Maindee residents ought to go and have a look, perhaps they then won't be quite so pleased.[/p][/quote]have you seen the pigeon **** there lately.worse than trying to dodge the dog doo doos! keithbob
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