Scottish Conservative Councillor for Hazlehead/Ashley/Queen’s Cross, Ross Thomson, has launched a survey seeking the views on residents on the seagull problem and what more can be done to tackle it.
As part of the survey residents are asked if they have strong views on the seagull problem and whether or not they support action to reduce the number of Seagulls in the city. Further, respondents are asked their view on reform of the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act.
Councillor Thomson is hoping to hear from as many residents as possible on the issue before presenting the results of the survey to the Council.
Councillor Ross Thomson said:
“Aberdeen has a very unique Gull problem and I have been receiving more and more complaints from local residents about noise, damage and aggressive gulls.”
“I have seen for myself recently how the trial for a café culture on Belmont Street is being challenged by the nuisance of gulls. Residents and visitors to the city regularly have been swooped upon or had food stolen from their hands by aggressive seagulls.
“The Council has launched an updated guidance note on Seagulls and what can currently be done under legislation. I am seeking the views of residents to identify the strength of public feeling on this issue and to identify whether or not there is public support for further action, including a Scottish Government review of legislation, to give the Council’s environmental Health team more powers to reduce the Seagull population in the city.”