It brings to mind all the past and present follies (well documented) that Scarborough Council has been responsible for.
Anyone with the least bit of common sense will realise the only means of solving the gull problem is to reduce their numbers to a level that allows them to survive on their natural diet and breed on their natural habitats. The other possibility of reducing, but not solving the problem would be to give each council member a bucket and cleaning materials and have them clean the polluted areas instead of having so many meetings etc.
The RSPB is a useless organisation that has, in my view, completely lost the reason the old ladies many years ago established it for.
For more than 100 years all our bird populations were controlled by gamekeepers and the gulls numbers kept in reasonable order by removing hundreds of eggs each year, and it worked.
The RSPB is now a big business organisation with very little of the millions of pounds they have being spent on actual bird protection.
All they are doing is breeding and releasing raptors which predate on our small birds, even from garden bird tables etc.
Our landscapes and availability of food and breeding sites change for our different species of birds, some kind of control must be established to enable them all to survive but in realistic numbers of each species and this can only be done by establishing a policy of controlling the numbers of all the species involved.