Cleckheaton shopkeepers in a flap over pigeon droppings

Pigeons in Cleckheaton have been leaving a mess and damaging buildings. People have been warned not to feed them to try and stop the problem. (d02101160)
Pigeons in Cleckheaton have been leaving a mess and damaging buildings. People have been warned not to feed them to try and stop the problem. (d02101160)

PIGEON poop has put Cleckheaton shopkeepers in a flap.

The rapidly rising number of birds means mess is being trailed into shops, and traders are constantly having to clean the pavements outside their premises.

Now the council has warned people that they face hefty fines if they are caught feeding pigeons.

Shops in the town centre have been blighted by pigeon droppings after a large increase in the number of birds, partly because of the unseasonably mild autumn.

Anyone caught feeding the birds is given a £75 fixed penalty notice, reduced to £50 if paid quickly, or up to £2,500 if the matter goes to court as it constitutes a littering offence.

See tomorrow’s paper for the full story.