The Committee considered an update report on
gull control in the City. Details of
gull numbers were shown in appendix 1 attached to the report.
The Corporate Director – Place informed
the Committee that the recommendation at 1.2 would need to be
changed for Policy and Resources Committee to approve the budget
The Head of Environmental Operations presented
the report and informed the Committee that a number of actions had
been taken this year and those planned for next year were
highlighted at paragraph 2.10.1 to 2.10.11 of the
report. A lot of work had been carried
out by Worcestershire Regulatory Services and close work had been
carried out with Worcester BID.
The trial “gull proof” bins were
referred to at paragraph 2.10.5 which had proved to be
effective. The Red roof trial had not
yet progressed. The Technical Services
Manager, Worcestershire Regulatory Services, informed the Committee
that with the resources they had it had been difficult do more
reactive work and stated that the approval of the recommendation at
1.2 would allow them to do more.
The preferred option was to continue with the
work outlined in the report, and the extra resource in terms of
dedicated officer time were needed to progress new initiatives and
ensure that the City Council did all that it could to deter
gulls. The additional resource would
also allow for more proactive work such as engagement with
businesses and to carry out initiatives that required more time to
plan and deliver.
The Officers responded to questions from
Members. Members commended Officers for
the work carried out so far and agreed that with an extra resource
would be able to do more.
RESOLVED: That the
1. notes the
content of the report in relation to action to mitigate adverse
effects of gulls, ongoing management arrangements and future work
2. recommend to
Policy and Resources Committee that the revenue budget is increased
to £30k which will allow more dedicated Officer time to the
work required to focus on gull mitigation/reduction/removal.