A MUM intends to fight an on-the-spot £50 fine for feeding pigeons in the city centre after claiming she had no idea it was an offence.
Claire Jenkins admitted doing that near Topshop in Oxford Street when confronted by a litter enforcement officer, but said that it only involved little scraps of bread.
“I bought a frankfurter for me and a burger for my 16-year-old son from one of the street outlets,” said Mrs Jenkins, of Clos Trafle, Gowerton. “We eat them on the bench there. We had little scraps left. I put mine on the bench and he put his on the ground. We walked to a bin to put our napkins in and when we turned around a warden said it was classified as litter. I thought he was joking. I live in Gowerton and never come into Swansea. I said I didn’t know about it and didn’t see any signs.”
Mrs Jenkins said she was given a £50 fixed penalty rising to £75 if not paid with seven days, and leading to a magistrates court appearance if the latter was not paid within 14 days.
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“I found it degrading,” she said. “I was feeding crumbs. I didn’t know it was classed as an offence.”
A Swansea Council spokesman said: “We launched a city-wide campaign in the summer to encourage the public to put leftover food in the bin and not throw it on the ground for birds. This was following a request by city centre businesses whose customers say they have been plagued by seagulls that are causing a nuisance, particularly when people are consuming food.
“The feedback we received from visitors has been very positive. Posters have been put up on bins in the city centre advising shoppers of the penalties for littering and our message is that if you don’t drop litter you won’t face the fine.”
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