Letter: Council should follow example of other authorities

Scarborough Council should follow the example of other authorities and impose fines for feeding seagulls.
Scarborough Council should follow the example of other authorities and impose fines for feeding seagulls.

Huge fines for seagull feeding has been introduced by Aldeburgh Council in Suffolk – this authority is extending the £2,500 maximum littering fine to include feeding of seagulls.

While in east Devon, Exmouth, Sidmouth etc levy a fine of £80 for the same misdemeanour. Two local authorities are coming to grips with this perennial problem of how to mitigate the angst caused by the birds themselves and people who think they are offering the seagulls some form of tit-bit.

The above authorities are using the new Public Spaces Protection Order recently introduced. They are the first in the country to do so, why is Scarborough Council not using this new statute?

If the council is afraid of public reaction to any form of culling or fining of people then they should make it their responsibility to read this newspaper and its contents in the letters page.

Councillors ... if you take strong action you might become a loved public figure.

Bob Marshall

Elmville Avenue

Scarborough