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The is­sue of the birds in The Square con­tin­ues.

Long have they been a prob­lem in the area, mak­ing it im­pos­si­ble to uti­tlise the car parks on the park side of The Square, lest we end up with a car cov­ered in bird drop­pings.

Af­ter a se­ries of failed tested so­lu­tions, the cur­rent so­lu­tion of bird scarer de­vices in­stalled in the trees doesn’t seem to be work­ing ei­ther.

It’s in­ter­est­ing to hear that an ex­pert from Massey Univer­sity, in our story on Page 6, says the bird scar­ers will not work, or at least not for long.

Did the city coun­cil not con­sult ex­perts be­fore in­vest­ing in the de­vices?

The sug­ges­tion of hang­ing sails be­low the trees to col­lect the drop­pings as fer­tiliser seems to be the best idea so far.

Not only would it pre­vent cars from be­ing dam­aged and the foot­paths from be­ing messed up - to be able to re­use the ex­cre­ment for an en­vi­ron­men­tal pur­pose would be ap­plauded.

- Lisa Knight

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