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29/01/07
Mayor Ken faces Court Action Over Pigeons
- Future of Trafalgar Square under renewed threat

Livingstone faces Court Action Over PigeonsKEN LIVINGSTONE faces legal action today over the pigeons, or lack of them, on Trafalgar Square.

Campaigning group Save the Trafalgar Square Pigeons say the London Mayor has broken an agreed feeding reduction programme that they feel is a kinder way of cutting pigeon numbers than the various schemes tried by Livingstone.

These include using predator Hawks and loud speakers to scare pigeons away.
The case itself isn't due in court until later this year, but STTSP believe the issue requires some urgency.

"We are seeking an injunction because if the feeding does not resume there will be no birds left by the time the full court case is heard," said a spokesperson for STTSP.

One of Livingstone's arguments against feeding on the central square area is that pigeons are currently being fed on the north terrace, near the National Gallery, which comes not under his control, but that of Westminster Council.

However, in an apparently separate development, Westminster are planning to ban pigeon-feeding on this area, too.

"We feel that the pigeons leave a significant amount of mess which is unpleasant for the large number of visitors to Trafalgar Square as well as people who work nearby," said Alan Bradley of Westminster councillor.

"The resulting cost of cleaning the North Terrace is very high."



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