SDLP Councillor Martin Reilly has called for action to stop unsafe pigeon ‘deposits’ being encountered by people crossing a Derry bridge.
Colr. Reilly has now advocated improvements on the Craigavon Bridge in Derry to address the problem of “unpleasant and unsafe pigeon deposits” which he said are causing distress to cyclists and pedestrians in the area.
Colr Reilly said: “I have been contacted by people who use the cycle path along the lower deck of the Craigavon Bridge who are annoyed at the gathering of pigeon mess which makes cycling and walking in this area unpleasant and unsafe.
“Unfortunately this part of the bridge is too narrow for Council cleansing vehicles – and in the past Council worked with Transport NI and Sustrans to close this stretch to carry out the necessary cleaning works.
“While this cleaning work is welcome the effects do not last long and a more permanent solution is required.”
He added: “Transport NI previously suggested installing netting in this area to prevent pigeons from roosting.
“I am therefore calling on these statutory agencies to work together to find an adequate solution which would encourage further use of this key walkway and cycle route.”