People could ultimately face fines or court of they persist in feeding pigeons in Daventry town centre says Daventry District Council as it tries to tackle the mess left by the birds.
Shoppers are being asked to stop feeding pigeons in the town centre, and also to dispose of unwanted food properly, to help reduce health risks.
Daventry District Council’s environmental improvement team wants people to be aware that street pigeons can spread infections and that feeding them will cause numbers to grow even more.
DDC says there are currently large numbers of pigeons that sit on the roof canopies of shops and in pathways in the town centre, particularly Bowen Square and Foundry Place.
Apart from looking unsightly, spores from dried pigeon droppings can spread diseases similar to pneumonia and influenza if they are inhaled as dust and carried on the wind.
Councillor Daniel Cribbin, DDC’s environment portfolio holder, said: “I would urge visitors to the town centre to dispose of their unwanted food responsibly, and not feed these birds because of the problems they cause.
“Feeding the pigeons is technically littering and while we don’t want to go down the road of fining people, if it persists and the birds continue to cause problems, we may have no other option then to look at fixed penalty notices, and ultimately prosecution.
“However I hope it won’t come to that and that shoppers will help us to keep the town centre clean by not feeding the pigeons.”
The Council will be installing signs in the area warning people not to feed the birds in the near future and is also taking other action to deter pigeons, such as advising property owners about various measures to prevent pigeons from roosting on buildings.