Pigeon poo hazard under Prestwich bridge

The pesky pigeons at one of the bridges

Cllr Pickstone and the mess left by the bridge pigeons

The pesky pigeons at one of the bridges

Cllr Pickstone and the pigeons

First published in News Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

PEDESTRIANS are being “bombed” by pigeons when they pass under two bridges in Prestwich

People are complaining that they have been hit by pigeon droppings as they walk under the tram bridges that have become summer nesting sites for the birds.

The bridges link Heys Road with Rectory Lane and Fairfax Road, close to Prestwich Metrolink Station.

Fed-up residents have complained to local councillors. Now transport bosses have decided to act. One pigeon “victim” is David Holloway, of Bury Old Road, Prestwich.

He said: “It happened to me once and the outcome wasn’t pleasant.

“I walk this way more or less every day on my way into work in Prestwich Village and it is like running the gauntlet.

“You can hear the pigeons coo and see them move and I’ve seen it a couple of times where people have fallen foul of them. Obviously, they have to nest somewhere, but this isn’t the right spot.”

Prestwich Cllr Tim Pickstone, who has received several complaints, said: “Following information from residents, I have been working to get Metrolink to take action.”

A Metrolink spokesman said: “We’d like to thank Cllr Pickstone for raising this with us.

“We were made aware of the problems experienced in the area of this stop recently and we are working to introduce a long-term solution that will prevent pigeons roosting under the bridge.”

He said that arrangements had been made with Bury Council to install meshing over the pavement area of the bridge leading to Rectory Lane.

The work is due to take place in the coming weeks.

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