Town a laughing stock that can’t control pest

Chapel Street, Market Rasen. Footpath closed due to pigeon mess
Chapel Street, Market Rasen. Footpath closed due to pigeon mess
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PIGEON droppings are turning Market Rasen into a “laughing stock” the leader of West Lindsey District Council was told last week.

The footpath under Chapel Street Bridge, which was constructed earlier this year at a cost of around £30,000, 
remains closed due to amount of pigeon droppings making it a health and safety hazard.

At last week’s Market Rasen Town Council meeting, deputy mayor John Hadlow raised the matter with WLDC leader Burt Keimach, saying the district council’s inability to deal with the problem was making the town a “laughing stock.”

Coun Hadlow said: “Why can they not bring the road sweeper in and clean the area with high pressure hoses.

“We want to get rid of these pigeons, it was meant to get rid of them with the gel, it was meant to get rid of them with the netting, we are becoming a laughing stock.

“I read in the paper the other week about West Lindsey winning an award for being clean and it made me feel sick, it is not good enough.”

Coun Keimach said he did not want to pass the buck, but WLDC is waiting on Network Rail to take action.

He added: “Under the 
Environment Act it is a health and safety issue because there are diseases that come from the droppings of these birds, which are vermin.

“We have now talked to Network Rail, who at first gave us a six month timeline.

“We have threatened them with health and safety action and they have shortened it, but we are still not happy, so I have got Highways’ to get Rentokil to get rid of the birds humanely and seal up the bridge as best as they can.

“I am trying to step it along.”