Council workers are not involved in the removal of seagull nests
COUNCIL workers will not be involved in a new scheme aimed at tackling the over-population of seagulls in Balbriggan which will involve removing gull nests and eggs from the area.
According to a report from the chief executive of Fingal County Council, Paul Reid: ‘ The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs has made a Declaration allowing owners or occupiers of a defined area (mainly residential) in Balbriggan to remove seagull nests or eggs between May 1, 2017 and April 30, 2018 on the grounds of public safety.’
Deputy Alan Farrell TD, announcing that decision last week stated it was his understanding that council workers would be asked to take on the job but the council chief executive has now confirmed the council will have no role in the scheme and instead it would be carried out by a local community group. ‘ The council will not be providing this service,’ the chief executive told a full meeting of the council, last week.
Balbriggan councillor, Cllr Tony Murphy (IA) criticised the council for ‘standing back’ and he said there were examples in Europe where local authorities did get involved in this kind of operation. He said he was concerned about the management and monitoring of the scheme if there was no oversight from the council.
But Mr Reid said the council were not ‘standing back’ from the situation and the minister had now confirmed it was not the local authority’s responsibility. Environment director at the council, Gilbert Power backed up the chief executive and said he would not advise any citizen to ‘go up on roofs to remove seagull nests’ and there were companies that could be hired to provide such a service. He said this would not be a once-off operation and would have an ongoing cost because seagulls are ‘quite persistent and they will come back’.
Seagulls have been causing problems ii Fingal.