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Warminster's mayor backs pigeons plea
Warminster's mayor has called on other Wiltshire towns to get behind the Wiltshire Times’ Don’t Feed the Pigeons campaign.
In recent months, Warminster town centre has been blighted by increasing number of pigeons and the town council, concerned by the potential health risks, has been seeking a humane solution to reduce this.
Mayor and town councillor Paul Batchelor has given his backing to the campaign that was launched by the Times and Trowbridge’s The Shires Shopping Centre two weeks ago.
He believes the campaign’s simple message to the public of not feeding the pigeons will lead to the birds moving out of Wiltshire’s town centres.
He said: “It has been an issue here for some time and we don’t want them and the diseases they carry in our town. We are very much in favour of dealing with them humanely and would back the campaign.”
Warminster’s backing, which has seen the campaign’s posters go up across the town, comes a week after Trowbridge’s town council, town team and chamber of commerce also showed their support.
The Shires has tried various methods to get rid of the pigeons but they still come back because some customers continue to feed them and drop litter around the shopping centre.
Manager Sarah-Louise Moore is pleased that so many groups are showing their support and is calling for the public to embrace the campaign and remember its message.
She said: “Our main concern is for health and safety as we want visitors to the Shires to enjoy a pleasant environment in which to do their shopping.
“The pigeons are a problem for the whole town and we are encouraged that the Wiltshire Times and other organisations are expressing similar views. We’d like to think everyone will pull together do all they can to help reduce pigeon numbers.”
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