Letter: Gull claws on girl’s head: why is council not taking any real action?

The gull menace is now rapidly spreading to the outskirts of the town.
The gull menace is now rapidly spreading to the outskirts of the town.

Re The seagull menace:

I am just writing in about your excellent article regarding the uncontrolled seagull disgrace, not just in Scarborough but it is also throughout Filey and Whitby.

A very frightening incident I witnessed whilst walking down a crowded Westborough in Scarborough town centre last week brought home to me what a menace the gull problem really is becoming.

A young girl walking with her mother was set upon by a large shrieking gull which tried to land - claws and all - on the child’s head - not long ago the town centre gull population throughout the borough was a few hundred, but now it must be several thousands.

The gull menace is now rapidly spreading to the outskirts of the town, and more and more rooftops are also becoming infested.

The gulls are fine when living in their natural habitat on the cliffs, but must be eradicated from towns and villages where they have become a danger to both property and health and hygiene.

Our councillors conveniently hide behind laws which protect seabirds that live in their natural habitat.

This should not apply to town and village gulls which have no intention of ever living in the wild on the clifftops!

Why should they when some of them are allegedly protected by law?

Let’s keep the momentum going on our councillors to do something more useful on this urgent issue.

John Fewster

Cleveland Avenue

Scarborough