The managing director of one of Scarborough’s leading pest control companies has accused the council of getting it wrong over seagulls.
Andrew Hunn, of East Coast Pest Control, believes measures introduced in April 2010 by Scarborough Council, making it illegal to remove nests and eggs, are “100 per cent wrong”.
He states that it is perfectly legal for land owners, or people with the consent of the land owner, to clear nests and eggs from properties affected by the common herring gull.
Mr Hunn, who has been in the pest control business for 15 years, said: “The herring gull, unlike the kittiwake, is on Natural England’s amber list, rather than the red list. This means that they are not endangered, and as a result, any bird nesting can be removed legally. Mistakes like this from the council are costing businesses money and, worst of all, they are misleading the public.”
Mr Hunn’s comments follow on from a recent story, which focused on proposed new measures to tackle the issue of gull control in Scarborough. Network Rail is currently awaiting planning permission to install protective netting to the top of the Victorian railway station clock tower in Westborough.
Scarborough business owners also spoke out against the gulls, demanding tougher action to be taken against the birds.