Residents have resorted to walking under the bridge, on Bromyard Road, with an umbrella to protect them from attacks and droppings. However, Network Rail say they do plan to install some ‘pigeon spikes’ to prevent them roosting there which they hope will curb the nuisance.
It is believed the pigeons are attacking people as they feel the need to protect their young.
St John’s county councillor, Richard Udall, has received many complaints about the hostile birds, and has written to the chief executive of Network Rail to tackle the problem. Netting was suggested by cllr Udall but Network Rail now say spikes may solve the problem.
Cllr Udall said: “I have been receiving complaints for a few years, both Environmental Health and Worcestershire Highways have made formal requests to ask Network Rail to erect netting to prevent the birds from nesting.
“Receiving a coating of pigeon droppings and feathers can clearly be a danger to health.
“However, they have no powers to force them to do so, and Network Rail just appear to ignore the requests. They clearly have taken no action and the problem is getting worse.
“They need to act now to prevent the birds returning next spring.” It is hoped, with the spotlight now on the issue, public pressure will force them to act.
Cllr Udall said: “I believe that public pressure will force them into action, the problem is not going to go away without their intervention.
“Residents who walk to work, school or the local shops must walk under the bridge, any alternative route would be too far or just too inconvenient.
“People are fed up with the problem and we need the owners of the bridge to take some responsibility to help”.
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