Chesterfield woman's desperate plea to drive away nuisance seagulls

A troublesome flock of seagulls swarming nearby has caused a woman in Chesterfield to lose sleep for two months.

Wednesday, 18th July 2018, 10:26 am
Updated Wednesday, 18th July 2018, 12:02 pm

Grace Stokes, 25, a project administrator for the University of Sheffield, said that she would like the bothersome birds to be moved on.

The seagulls have been flocking around Chiltern Glass Fibre Ltd in Barker Lane, close to Ms Stokes’ house, for a couple of months.

She said: “I struggle to get to sleep until around midnight which is when they stop making noise.

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“They then begin again at around 3am. Luckily I get back to sleep most of the time until I get up for work at 5.45am.

“They poo all over my car, they are loud at all times, I find it difficult to work from home when they are squawking away, they are loudest during bed time.

“I would like the council to somehow get rid of them/move them on. There must be a reason they are nesting there so maybe have that looked into as well.”

A Chesterfield Borough Council officer said that the authority has received four complaints about seagulls in the last five years.

It is the borough council’s responsibility to respond to noise nuisances and an environmental hazard, both of which can be caused by seagulls.

Councillor Tricia Gilby, the council’s leader, said: “We were not aware of problems with seagulls on Barker Lane but now we have been made aware of the problem we can investigate it and look into taking action.”

The council can contact the business owner to suggest they put up netting to prevent birds nesting, but this will depend on the outcome of the investigation.

Dan Kuchta, operations director at Chiltern Glass Fibre, said that the flocking gulls were nothing to do with any of the business’s services.

He said: “It has only been three or four weeks since we took the business on and they [the seagulls] are everywhere, and they are nesting too.

“They are leaving quite a mess over our cars.

“We think it is more to do with the surrounding pubs and restaurants and fish and chip shop, it’s definitely nothing to do with anything we are doing.

“If the council is saying that we can put nets up then we would look into doing that.

“We want to get on to the roof ourselves to make repairs to some holes but we can’t because of the nesting birds, we have got quite a few chicks now too.

“I contacted the RSPCA and they mentioned that you can’t move nesting birds, they are protected, so we would have to wait – I think this may just be a seasonal thing, but we can’t do anything about it.”

Anyone who has problems with birds including pigeons and seagulls can report it to Chesterfield Borough Council by calling 01246 345345 or emailing [email protected]

Eddie Bisknell , Local Democracy Reporting Service