The days of Redruth residents being aerially bombarded by pooing pigeons are now over after a ‘humane’ solution was found.

Last year it was reported that one fed-up resident complained how the pooing birds were putting lives at risk.

The Bond Street Railway Bridge, adjacent to Alma Place, has been a popular nesting place for pigeons for a number of years and the birds living there could regularly be seen splattering the pavement below and those who dared walk by.

A local man, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “They nest under the bridge and poo on the pavement, street signs and pedestrian crossing push buttons.

“People are at risk of health from infection from the faeces and, in wet weather, slipping on the pigeon mess, which is slippery, and they could end up in the road and run over by passing traffic.

“So the situation is not being dealt with and only the road sweeper cleans the pavement on odd occasions.”

However it now appears a solution has finally been found, according to Redruth town councillor Mike Chappell.


“The railway bridge over Bond Street, Redruth, at its junction with Station Hill, is finally clear of pigeons and the mess they make on the pavements below following the completion of a programme of works to mesh off the underside of the bridge.

“Major cleaning has been required down the years in order to ensure public safety on the pavements.

“This humane way of dealing with a longstanding environmental and public health issue followed receipt of many complaints from the public and subsequent inter agency work between Redruth Town Council, Network Rail and the Highways Department with Redruth Town Council part financing the work.”

Town and Cornwall councillor Barbara Ellenbroek said previously that following town council discussions, Network Rail revealed that it felt the issue wasn’t a health hazard and therefore if Redruth Town Council wanted to do anything it would cost in the region of £10,000 due to associated road closures.

However despite the previous concerns it appears that the issue has now been resolved.


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