Coun­cil work­ers are not in­volved in the re­moval of seag­ull nests

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

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.

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