feeding gulls on a neighbours flat roof

Is it legal for a tenant in a terraced  building to feed gulls on a neighbouring flat roof ?

  • Hard to imagine there is a law specific to that. Assuming you think it shouldn't be happening, worth internet searching how to object to the council.
  • Out of curiosity, is there a reason you ask the question?

    Mike

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  • In some coastal towns I thought there might be local council byelaws referring to the feeding of gulls when they become a pest so maybe contact your local council. This sounds like the start of a neighbourhood dispute if not handled carefully.

    Pete

    Birding is for everyone no matter how good or bad we are at it,enjoy it while you can

  • In reply to Mike B:

    Mike - we live in top floor flat with a roof terrace - a tenant neighbour has taken to feeding the gulls on the flat roof next to them on the opposite side to us about 30ft away - the gulls have now taken to perching and cruising all around us screaming to be fed for long periods of time - this makes trying to listen to the tv - concentrate on playing chess - or reading nigh on impossible - the roof terrace and patio doors get covered in excrement and food dropped by gulls - patio doors cannot be left opened as we have had bird *** landing on our sitting room walls - the council website says it has no powers to prevent this although they can fine people feeding them in a public space - as the tenant is using a third party property not theirs the question is - is it legal ? the property in question is at present vacant. Thanks for your interest.
  • In reply to Seaman:

    Seaman - when you cannot open your patio doors because gulls *** on your sitting room wall and spend hours screaming to be fed 30 ft away from you daily it is somewhat difficult to "enjoy" birding . The council apparently have no powers unless there is a environmental health issue such as vermin infestation although they will fine you if them in a public space.
  • In reply to hopalong:

    hopalong said:
    the question is - is it legal ?

    Yes. For something to be illegal, a law needs to have been passed. As I said prev., it is hard to imagine there is a law specific to that. As you said you have been in contact with the council, you've done the right thing already. I personally would question them as to what they deem to be an environmental health issue and what isn't, as what you describe sounds an environmental health issue. Obviously, evidence would need to be provided to them to encourage them to act.

  • Some publicity in the local press may help a bit as councils do not like bad publicity. We have found this approach quite useful with similar problems in the past. Your local councillor may be more approachable as they often know how to approach things away from full council business

    Pete

    Birding is for everyone no matter how good or bad we are at it,enjoy it while you can

  • In reply to hopalong:

    hopalong said:
    Mike - we live in top floor flat with a roof terrace - a tenant neighbour has taken to feeding the gulls on the flat roof next to them on the opposite side to us about 30ft away - the gulls have now taken to perching and cruising all around us screaming to be fed for long periods of time - this makes trying to listen to the tv - concentrate on playing chess - or reading nigh on impossible - the roof terrace and patio doors get covered in excrement and food dropped by gulls - patio doors cannot be left opened as we have had bird *** landing on our sitting room walls - the council website says it has no powers to prevent this although they can fine people feeding them in a public space - as the tenant is using a third party property not theirs the question is - is it legal ? the property in question is at present vacant. Thanks for your interest.

    I feel this is more a civil matter rather than legal matter.

    I've not found anything to suggest any law has been broken, if there was, it could be a civil matter on the grounds of possible nuisance. In that case, it would be the local council you will need to approach, and depending on the bye laws in place, whether action is taken or not.

    If its a noise disturbance issue, then it would be the local council, check their website for who to contact.

    Mike

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