Signs have been placed around the town centre advising people not to feed the pigeons in an effort to help reduce health risks.
Daventry District Council (DDC) has installed the signs in several locations in the latest step to tackle the issue, particularly Bowen Square and Foundry Place. Spores from dried bird droppings can spread diseases similar to pneumonia and influenza if they are inhaled as dust and carried by the wind.
The signs ask people not to feed the birds in an effort to help reduce health risks and warn they could be fined or prosecuted for doing so.
Anyone caught could be given a £75 fixed penalty notice with a maximum penalty of £2,500 as it is treated as littering. This has been welcomed by one trader in the town.
Dawn Smith, manager of the Air Ambulance shop in Foundry Walk, said: “I think it is a great idea but it is education. People come out of shops and drop food and that is the real cause of the problem.”
DDC’s environment portfolio holder, Cllr Daniel Cribbin, said: “Feeding the birds is technically littering and can cause a potential health hazard. Since we first highlighted the issue last summer we have monitored the situation and advised a number of people not to feed the birds, however the problem continues.
“The new signs in the town centre make it clear not to feed the birds and that people could be fined or prosecuted for doing so. However we hope that it won’t come to that and that these signs will act as an effective deterrent.”