U-turn over pensioner who was fined for feeding pigeons in Leigh

The Bolton News: Pigeons are vermin, according to Wigan Council. Pigeons are vermin, according to Wigan Council.

TOWN hall bosses have made a U-turn over a decision to issue an 82-year-old woman with a fine for feeding pigeons.

The pensioner was given the £50 fixed penalty notice by a council environment officer after she was seen throwing bird food for pigeons on Bradshawgate.

Now Wigan Council has decided to cancel the ticket and penalty fine "as a gesture of goodwill".

Cllr Kevin Anderson, the council's cabinet member for the environment, said: “Feeding pigeons is an environmental crime that encourages them to gather in large numbers and there are very real health effects resulting from this.

“Although the incidence of infection from pigeons is fairly rare, the fact remains that they carry disease, which can prove fatal for humans.

“Furthermore, each year pigeons cause millions of pounds worth of damage – destroying insulation in buildings, defacing surfaces and blocking pipes and gutters with droppings, which can lead to secondary damage such as wet rot.

“This is not the first time we have had issues with residents and visitors to the borough feeding the pigeons.

“It is important to reinforce that this is an environmental crime and there are notices in place to warn people that it is an offence to feed pigeons.

“In relation to this specific case, we have decided that on this occasion we will cancel the ticket and the penalty fine.


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"I hope this will be seen as a genuine gesture of goodwill on behalf of the council.

“However, this is not the first occasion she has been warned about feeding pigeons.

“Should she be caught feeding pigeons again, it will need to be dealt with as an environmental crime.”

The elderly woman’s son, who lives in Leigh, said: “I have asked my mother if she has been warned before about feeding pigeons.

"She says she can’t remember being told but her memory isn’t good at the best of times.

“As for notices warning people of feeding pigeons, I haven’t seen any, especially around the area where my mother was given a ticket.”

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3:11pm Thu 20 Feb 14

mb63 says...

About time some common sense was applied!
About time some common sense was applied! mb63

4:02pm Thu 20 Feb 14

soup153 says...

I suggest a gun. Suit all when they are dead.
I suggest a gun. Suit all when they are dead. soup153

6:50pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Feck off. Cars are an environmental crime.
Feck off. Cars are an environmental crime. Beyond News Forum

6:53pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Takeaways are an environmental crime.

Councils allow litter to accumulate in lay-by's and beauty spots. Councils endanger lives with defective pavements and pothole ridden roads.

If a pigeon is that much of a danger to life, then I am going to start issuing tickets to councils who see fit to allow people to risk life and limb traveling along highways and byways.
Takeaways are an environmental crime. Councils allow litter to accumulate in lay-by's and beauty spots. Councils endanger lives with defective pavements and pothole ridden roads. If a pigeon is that much of a danger to life, then I am going to start issuing tickets to councils who see fit to allow people to risk life and limb traveling along highways and byways. Beyond News Forum

10:50pm Thu 20 Feb 14

vicric87 says...

Humans cause more damage than anything else.
Humans cause more damage than anything else. vicric87

3:11am Sat 22 Feb 14

BoltonLancs says...

Extraction of money from the common people is the be-all end-all for the likes of Cllr Kevin Anderson. "Although the incidence of infection from pigeons is fairly rare" as he correctly puts it, he then publicly convicts people of an "environmental crime" whenst feeding pigeons. I don't see Cllr Kevin Anderson taking on the prime culprits who sh1t on our environment..
What an total @rse..!!!!
Extraction of money from the common people is the be-all end-all for the likes of Cllr Kevin Anderson. "Although the incidence of infection from pigeons is fairly rare" as he correctly puts it, he then publicly convicts people of an "environmental crime" whenst feeding pigeons. I don't see Cllr Kevin Anderson taking on the prime culprits who sh1t on our environment.. What an total @rse..!!!! BoltonLancs

7:05pm Mon 24 Feb 14

On the loose says...

It is selfish and antisocial to leave food in the street.

It attracts pigeons and rats.
It is selfish and antisocial to leave food in the street. It attracts pigeons and rats. On the loose

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