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Trowbridge groups backing pigeons purge
Civic groups have called for the people of Trowbridge to get behind the Don’t Feed The Pigeons campaign.
The Wiltshire Times and The Shires Shopping Centre initiative, to make the town a cleaner and safer place for residents and visitors, was launched last week.
It is hoped that, if the birds are not fed, some of their vast number will leave town.
Trowbridge’s town council, town team and chamber of commerce have thrown their combined weight behind the campaign.
Posters have been put up across Trowbridge, urging people not to feed pigeons.
Lance Allan, the town council clerk, said: “Pigeons have been a issue in the town centre for a long time and anything which can make a difference is welcome.”
Mr Allan said that since two pensioners were given anti-social behaviour orders for persistently feeding pigeons in Trowbridge last year, there had been a noticeable improvement but he hoped the campaign could further educate the public.
David Baker, chairman of the town team, which runs the weekly market with Wiltshire Council, said: “If something is to the detriment of the town, making it untidy and potentially affecting public health, then we’d be behind the campaign to end that. Simply, if you stop feeding the pigeons, they’ll go away somewhere else.
“I don’t recall many pigeons being in Fore Street when the market is running on a Wednesday, so maybe, we should look at extending the market to keep them away.”
Colin Kay, president of the chamber of commerce, said pigeons could prove to an annoyance for businesses.
He added: “I think the Don’t Feed The Pigeons campaign is a good idea, as pigeons are often a nuisance for businesses and can be troublesome to get away from premises.”
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