Councillor calls for pigeon feeding zone in Bradford suburb

CALLS: Councillor Mohammed Shafiq (right) and resident Abdul Qayum

CALL FOR ACTION: Cllr Mohammed Shafiq (right) and resident Abdul Qayum at the play area at the back of Derby Place which has a pigeon fouling problem

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Reporter

PEOPLE who want to feed pigeons in a Bradford suburb should have a designated place to go to, according to one councillor.

Cllr Mohammed Shafiq said droppings are making life a misery for many residents on a daily basis in the Bradford Moor neighbourhood where pigeons are being pampered.

Droppings are covering rooftops, porches and windows in some streets particularly in Wensleydale Road and a children's play area at the back of Derby Place.

He is worried the droppings are not only a health hazard and could attract more vermin into the streets but are also damaging the look of the area.

Cllr Shafiq (Lab, Bradford Moor) says leftover chappatis and raw rice are being scattered early in the morning by people, some in the spiritual belief that by feeding the pigeons any problems they are experiencing within their families will be resolved.

He added: "Other might just be doing it to use up leftovers and be kind to the birds but there are those who believe it will help them personally - and their families.

"I have spoken to local spiritual leaders who tell me they are not encouraging this but the belief is there and people will keep doing it."

Cllr Shafiq said that is why he is contacting Labour-run Bradford Council and its portfolio holder for the environment, Councillor Andrew Thornton asking it to designate a special pigeon feeding area on an area of scrap land, away from homes, where people could go and feed pigeons without a guilty concious.

The lake in Bradford Moor Park is also getting filled with chappati scraps which is another problem that needs addressing by the Council, he added.

"It is about behaviour modification and I feel having a set area where people can go and feed the birds without feeling they are under the spotlight for doing something wrong," said Cllr Shafiq.

"There are plenty pieces of scrap land in this area, there's a derelict place just off Dick Lane."

Most councils try to deter people from feeding wild pigeons due to the problems highlighted by Cllr Shafiq and in extreme cases can go further.

Earlier this year Birmingham City Council threatened to take a man to court after he was seen persistently feeding the pigeons despite being warned against doing so.

Cllr Thornton told the Telegraph & Argus last night: "We note the intention of Cllr Shafiq to raise this issue we'll look at it and discuss it with him when he does."

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6:44pm Thu 28 Aug 14

wigwambam says...

Pidgeons are birds so should not be fed piles of japattis and rice even if a designated zone was made , people will still put food out on the street. The only animals getting fed are rats and mice. Should we really be encouraging something that carrys disease and bacteria as pigeons do. Most other bird species will only eat seeds, nuts and berries. You only every see pidgeons in Bradford moor
Pidgeons are birds so should not be fed piles of japattis and rice even if a designated zone was made , people will still put food out on the street. The only animals getting fed are rats and mice. Should we really be encouraging something that carrys disease and bacteria as pigeons do. Most other bird species will only eat seeds, nuts and berries. You only every see pidgeons in Bradford moor wigwambam
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7:14pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Robin of Loxley says...

...chappatis and raw rice are being scattered early in the morning by people, some in the spiritual belief that by feeding the pigeons any problems they are experiencing within their families will be resolved.


What a bunch of freaks.

Wonder if they've got a bunch of voodoo dolls too.
[quote]...chappatis and raw rice are being scattered early in the morning by people, some in the spiritual belief that by feeding the pigeons any problems they are experiencing within their families will be resolved. [/quote] What a bunch of freaks. Wonder if they've got a bunch of voodoo dolls too. Robin of Loxley
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7:30pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Mik_e says...

Educate these people, feeding birds will have no bearing on anything, it only encourages rats,
Educate these people, feeding birds will have no bearing on anything, it only encourages rats, Mik_e
  • Score: 3

10:01pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Robin of Loxley says...

Mik_e wrote:
Educate these people, feeding birds will have no bearing on anything, it only encourages rats,
Of the 2-legged variety ?
[quote][p][bold]Mik_e[/bold] wrote: Educate these people, feeding birds will have no bearing on anything, it only encourages rats,[/p][/quote]Of the 2-legged variety ? Robin of Loxley
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11:18pm Thu 28 Aug 14

still got a pulse says...

What a great idea.
Get the vermin in one place - makes it so much easier to dispose of them.
What a great idea. Get the vermin in one place - makes it so much easier to dispose of them. still got a pulse
  • Score: -1

11:32pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Soapboxcity says...

Pay someone to shoot the pigeons......create a job.
Pay someone to shoot the pigeons......create a job. Soapboxcity
  • Score: -3

12:02am Fri 29 Aug 14

kully says...

Good idea to have a place for feeding pigeons
Good idea to have a place for feeding pigeons kully
  • Score: 1

7:44am Fri 29 Aug 14

fash1966 says...

Save our souls! This is news? Hard to believe the TnA give it time of day. Lets hope the news doesn`t spread to the pigeons from surrounding areas and they find out about this special treatment the Bradford branch are getting. They may decide to migrate to receive these extra benefits, then there will be trouble from the local pigeons, kicking off about these foreign lot coming in. OMG Pigeon riots!!
Save our souls! This is news? Hard to believe the TnA give it time of day. Lets hope the news doesn`t spread to the pigeons from surrounding areas and they find out about this special treatment the Bradford branch are getting. They may decide to migrate to receive these extra benefits, then there will be trouble from the local pigeons, kicking off about these foreign lot coming in. OMG Pigeon riots!! fash1966
  • Score: 5

10:45am Fri 29 Aug 14

Albion. says...

Has it not occurred to the councillor that most other areas don't have this problem? HIS constituents have encouraged the vermin and encouraging them to carry on doing so is madness.
Has it not occurred to the councillor that most other areas don't have this problem? HIS constituents have encouraged the vermin and encouraging them to carry on doing so is madness. Albion.
  • Score: 3

1:02pm Fri 29 Aug 14

wrongsideofthetracks says...

....................
and they live among us.

Give me strength.
.................... and they live among us. Give me strength. wrongsideofthetracks
  • Score: 1

11:36pm Fri 29 Aug 14

kellylouise says...

What about all the diseases they carry !!
What about all the diseases they carry !! kellylouise
  • Score: 0

10:54am Sat 30 Aug 14

Not so simple says...

Also people should not be allowed to keep pigeons at residential places. I have a couple of avid pigeon collectors or racers who have dozens of pigeons who fly around causing a nuisance ESP in the large numbers and secondly the area is blasted with bird ****. These should be kept on allotments or somewhere far from where people live.
Also people should not be allowed to keep pigeons at residential places. I have a couple of avid pigeon collectors or racers who have dozens of pigeons who fly around causing a nuisance ESP in the large numbers and secondly the area is blasted with bird ****. These should be kept on allotments or somewhere far from where people live. Not so simple
  • Score: 0
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