RASEN’S pigeon problem is finally being tackled after years of residents’ complaints.
Measures to stop the birds roosting under the town’s three railway bridges and to clean up the droppings on the pavement below began on Monday, November 14.
West Lindsey District Council, Network Rail and Market Rasen Town Council have teamed up to tackle the issue using a new repellent gel.
Road closure and traffic management began on Monday.
The contractor Amco started at Waterloo Street before moving to Queen Street last night and Chapel Street tonight, Wednesday.
Thursday has been set aside as a back up in case the work over runs.
The area is being steam cleaned and then applications of the ‘Bird Free’ product will be made to each bridge, which has been provided free of charge.
A ‘cherry picker’ is being used in conjunction with traffic light management.
If successful and in line with bridge structure management it is anticipated that Network Rail will continue to maintain and replenish the repellent in conjunction with bridge inspections and/or maintenance.
Coun Burt Keimach, leader of West Lindsey District Council, said: “We are delighted that we are able to facilitate this work to assist Market Rasen Town Council.
“This is marvellous news that work is starting. It is great to see Network Rail working proactively together with West Lindsey District Council and the town council to come up with a suitable solution.”
West Lindsey District Council is paying for the road closure.
A Network Rail spokesman added: “Pigeons are a considerable nuisance and have been causing issues at Market Rasen for some time. We are pleased to be working with the councils to trial this approach and hope that it will help to reduce the inconvenience caused to the public.”
The town’s pigeon problem has been a constant cause for concern for Market Rasen residents and has been raised at numerous town council meetings over recent years.
The new gel repellent should deter birds from perching and nesting under the town’s three railway bridges, but should not cause them any harm.
If successful the gel should only need to be replaced every six years at minimal cost to the town council.