PEDESTRIANS risk being covered in pigeon poo every time they walk under the High Street railway bridge in Leamington’s Old Town.

Netting used to be fitted under the bridge in a bid to stop the birds nesting, but it was taken down in 2015 following complaints about them becoming trapped and dying.

But the Green Party and local shopkeepers are now calling on Network Rail – who they say are responsible for the issue – to reinstate the netting and keep it maintained.

Shopkeeper David Jordan, who owns Jordans which sits directly under the bridge, said: “No one wants to take responsibility for the problem.

“It was very short-sighted to remove the old netting without having thought about what would happen when the pigeons returned to the bridge. On a wet day it can be quite hazardous to walk on the affected pavement – let alone what it looks like.“

And Green Party campaigner Martin Luckhurst says they will continue to appeal to Network Rail until the issue is resolved.

He said: “We’re not giving up until this is fixed. It’s time for Network Rail to accept responsibility and take action.”

Pigeons have long been a problem in Old Town.

An attempt to resolve the issue came in 2007 AND saw £10,000 ‘luxury coop’ installed on Court Street car park in a bid to entice them away from the area’s bridges.

It was removed a few years later following complaints from residents it was attracting rats.

Network Rail had not responded to our request for a comment at the time of going to press.


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