Elisa Menendez – Wednesday 19 Jun 2019 9:56 PM
A woman has been fined £150 by her local council for feeding a piece of sausage roll to a pigeon. Sally-Ann Fricker fed the bird while shopping with her three children in Bath.
Her daughter, Toni Bradley, said they were approached ‘seconds later’ by an officer for littering, despite the pigeon flying away with the food.
Toni said: ‘If she’d chucked the wrapper down then that would have been fair enough, but this was absolutely ridiculous, we were very upset and very shocked.’
According to Bath and North East Somerset Council, those caught littering face a £150 fine, reduced to £100 if paid within 14 days.
Councillor Dave Wood, cabinet member for climate change and the environment, said the authority would review whether the fine was appropriate in this incident.
However, he added that there are notices on many streets asking the public not to feed pigeons as they are a ‘public nuisance’.
Daughter Toni was outraged at the fine, adding that her mum is a carer and the fine was worth more than her weekly earnings.
She said: ‘When I got home my three-year-old asked me to take down the bird feeder from the garden “because nanny got into trouble” for feeding them.’
Wood added that councils and their contractors should use ‘common sense’ with situations like Sally-Ann’s.
‘I have asked officers to urgently look into this matter and review the action taken with the contractor, to determine whether it was proportionate,’ he said.
He added: ‘As a general point, pigeons and gulls cause a public nuisance and are part of the problem the council has to manage when dealing with litter on the streets. ‘There are notices all over the city asking people not to feed birds.’
Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2019/06/19/mum-fined-150-feeding-sausage-roll-pigeon-10016074
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