Help for Ilfracombe folk in battle against seagulls

PEOPLE in Ilfracombe are being offered help in their fight against seagulls and litter.   North Devon Council has bought 100 devices called gull guards, which aim to prevent seagulls from attacking rubbish left out for collection. These can then be bought

PEOPLE in Ilfracombe are being offered help in their fight against seagulls and litter.

North Devon Council has bought 100 devices called gull guards, which aim to prevent seagulls from attacking rubbish left out for collection. These can then be bought by local people at a subsidised price.

The product is suitable for certain homes in the town where wheelie bins cannot be used. It is a smart, stainless steel tube that fixes permanently on a house wall. This contains a strong, retractable mesh bag, which can then protect up to three black bin bags.

Cllr Rodney Cann, Lead Member for Waste and Recycling, said: "As spring approaches, seagulls start their nesting season, which is a real issue for residents in Ilfracombe. This is because many homes leave their rubbish out in black bags, which are then at risk of seagull attack.


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"These gull guards can help protect those bags from being ripped open, preventing roads and pavements from being littered, and saving residents the hassle of cleaning up afterwards."

The gull guard offer follows a successful pilot project organised by neighbourhood management team, Transform. The guards usually cost around �33 each. However, the council has bought these at a reduced rate, and is offering them to local people at a further discounted price of �12. They will now be handed over to the Ilfracombe Street Reps Network, to distribute to households that want to buy one.

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Ilfracombe Street Rep, Wendy Butler, said: "Seagulls along the coast can cause real problems for residents and we are keen to help come up with a solution. We know that there are many responsible people here who make a great effort to cover their black bags, sometimes using things like sheets or curtains. However, this is often messy and ineffective. Therefore, our volunteer reps will be going out over the next few weeks to see if households in suitable areas want to take up the gull guard offer."

Anyone interested in buying a gull guard can contact their local street rep through Transform on (01271) 867131.

If the gull guards prove popular in Ilfracombe, the council will look at whether they could work in other coastal areas.

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