Pigeon poo coverage back in the news as Worcester Park gets a coating

Pigeon poo coverage back in the news

The way we were: Pigeon poo is never far from our thoughts

Ewww: Pigeon poo below Worcester Park railway bridge

First published in News This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter - 020 8722 6313

It cakes the road and falls on passing drivers - pigeon poo is on the agenda again.

The road under Worcester Park railway bridge is covered in the stuff, and the only way to get rid of it is for Kingston Council and Network Rail to join forces.

Fortunately for pedestrians, the pavements are clear thanks to netting on the bridge.

Council leader and Old Malden ward councillor Kevin Davis said: "We did write to Network Rail about that bridge because we were concerned there was a lot of graffiti on it was well.

"I will write to them again. They had done the job properly at Surbiton - it kept away the birds.

"I suppose you could try shotguns."

A National Rail spokeswoman said: "Mesh netting is in place under sections of the bridge at Worcester Park.

"If the local authority believes that this provision needs to be extended over the highway, we are happy to discuss this with them."

The graffiti on the bridge was scrubbed away on Wednesday, she added.

A quarter of a century ago, the avian defecation situation became so bad that court action loomed for British Rail.

The company had pledged more than a year earlier to clean up its act at Lower Ham Road and Richmond Road, but did nothing.

Eventually workers strung netting under the bridges.

In 2004 the Comet reported that in New Malden, birds had become trapped in wire mesh protecting the bridge over Kingston road - and their decaying remains were falling on motorists and cyclists below.

One concerned mum said: "When my daughter cycled underneath the bridge two weeks ago, bits of pigeon were literally dropping down on top of her.

"It is quite a horrendous sight."

An RSPCA spokeswoman said: "We do have concerns about netting. If it's not properly maintained it can cause an awful lot of welfare issues.

"We get hundreds of calls a year concerning birds getting trapped.

"They starve to death."

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6:03am Thu 14 Aug 14

321200 says...

The former Lower Ham Road bridge you refer to in this article in Kingston, now on Down Hall Road / Skerne Road, is absolutely awful!
Poo on the pavement and on the road / cycle way and the constant cooing of Pigeons!

It is the main route from Seven Kings Car Park to the town centre!
The former Lower Ham Road bridge you refer to in this article in Kingston, now on Down Hall Road / Skerne Road, is absolutely awful! Poo on the pavement and on the road / cycle way and the constant cooing of Pigeons! It is the main route from Seven Kings Car Park to the town centre! 321200
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7:04am Thu 14 Aug 14

Wotawally says...

Councillor Kevin Davis said:
"I suppose you could try shotguns."

What an intelligent and responsible remark for the Council leader to make.
Will the first idiot to take up his suggestion quote him in court?
Councillor Kevin Davis said: "I suppose you could try shotguns." What an intelligent and responsible remark for the Council leader to make. Will the first idiot to take up his suggestion quote him in court? Wotawally
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11:31pm Thu 14 Aug 14

oldmaldenmotherof3 says...

I have had pigeons make a nest in my gas meter I was 6 months pregnant went to the council to be told they have no pest department and to clear the poo myself. When I went with pictures of the 3rd lot of eggs I was told they had a contract with eagle company and can get a hawk round to scare off the pigeons. So they can pay fir a bird but not someone to clear dangerous pigeon poo or dead foxes from gardens.
I have had pigeons make a nest in my gas meter I was 6 months pregnant went to the council to be told they have no pest department and to clear the poo myself. When I went with pictures of the 3rd lot of eggs I was told they had a contract with eagle company and can get a hawk round to scare off the pigeons. So they can pay fir a bird but not someone to clear dangerous pigeon poo or dead foxes from gardens. oldmaldenmotherof3
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