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Camborne councillor urges residents to use seagull proof rubbish sacks

By bevcoumbe  |  Posted: September 05, 2013

Councillor Paul White (left) with Camborne resident Dave Trescowthick and the new seagull proof rubbish sacks

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A Camborne councillor is urging local residents to use seagull proof rubbish sacks to prevent waste being strewn across the town’s streets.

The plea comes after Camborne man, David Trescothick complained of rubbish being pecked from his black bin bags by hordes of seagulls.

He told the West Briton: “The mess created by the seagulls was really upsetting me. I put my rubbish out at 9.30am on collection day, but the gulls still ripped them apart spreading rubbish all over my lane before the bin men arrived.

“It was difficult for me to clean up the mess they made as I do not have good health. I was delighted when councillor Paul White told me about the bags so I bought two. They work really well and since I’ve been using them I have not had any problems with the seagulls.”

Cornwall councillor for Camborne, Roskear, Mr White said seagulls had become a major nuisance when rubbish is put out for collection.

He said: “The mess and litter they create is an eyesore, as well as a danger to people and animals. When I took part in the Talking Rubbish day with Safer Camborne it was clear that hardly anyone knew they could buy Seagull Proof Bags, which solve the problem.

“The bags hold three black bin bags of rubbish, have a weighted base, secure velcro fastening and a tie at the back to stop them blowing away after collection.

“They can be re used week after week. I thought it was important to get the message out that these bags are available from Cornwall Councils One Stop Shops for £3.50 so that people can help keep our streets clean and safe.”

According to the RSPB seagull attacks have been at their highest this summer with residents across Cornwall being plagued by fledgling birds.

In June postmen in Perranporth abandoned their rounds after they were dive bombed by seagulls and rubbish bags in Truro and Helston have also been raided by the birds who it seems use bin collection days as a time for easy pickings.

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  • Doitdreckley  |  September 07 2013, 3:28PM

    There is more to get 'upset' about than a few ripped bin bags. The bin men - get this - used to actually come round to the door and empty dustbins within living memory! Privatisation resulted to this being knocked on the head. The seagull population needs to be controlled. How many bags do you get for £3.50? Most people will want the cheapest bags possible and will not spend more than they have to on something like this.

  • Johndemelvill  |  September 07 2013, 11:52AM

    This is another example of council incompetence. Seagulls are here because they are starving due to over fishing you muppets. We provide easy pickings but poor quality food for them and their young. In 30 years we'll all be scavengers when the oil becomes too expensive!

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  • digger1957  |  September 05 2013, 7:26PM

    i use an old sheet to cover our bags no problem of the flying rats having a go at our bags

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  • josdave  |  September 05 2013, 5:08PM

    The people down our street cover the black bags with old sheets etc. and we do not have a seagull problem. The simplest way is often the cheapest.

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