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The free chimney stack proofing against nesting gulls offered by Berwick-upon-Tweed BC this year and advertised thr...
The free chimney stack proofing against nesting gulls offered by Berwick-upon-Tweed BC this year and advertised through a widely distributed leaflet has proved so popular that all the money has now gone. Director of environment Rob Marriner said:

'People whose names are already on the list now exceed the money set aside for this. However as we do not know until the jobs are done precisely how much each one will cost we do not yet know who is going to be the last lucky one on the list.

'All the requests are being dealt with in the order in which they were received - so as we said in the leaflet - first come first served.'

'This has certainly proved to be a very popular initiative and I only hope that some of the other messages in the leaflet about not feeding seagulls will get through as effectively'.

The Council distributed close to 7,000 leaflets as an insert in 3rd May's Gazette to all homes and businesses in Berwick, Tweedmouth, Spittal and East Ord.

The leaflet outlines the problems caused by seagulls of property damage, fouling, high noise levels and occasional attacks on people or pets. It also laid out the law on gull control and the control measures we can all practise - do not feed gulls, careful waste disposal, and removing nests from properties.

When asked if the scheme was to be repeated Mr Marriner said that whilst he could not say what the committee might decide, anyone whose name was on the list now would get priority if the scheme was re-introduced.

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