Saturday 10 February 2018 1.40pm
The litter laws do seem to be the ones to apply in the first instance.
When you see people throwing litter in the street John, do you speak out, or simply turn a blind eye?
Good question, faraday! When you see someone feeding a large flock of pigeons at the Elephant, do you speak out? Do you tell them in an authoritative voice that their behaviour is antisocial, and littering, and subject to an on-the-spot fine if they are caught - and remind them that it's a good job they're not doing it on the estate or they might lose their home? Or do you go off and write a message to SE1 complaining about the Council?
You don't seem keen on pigeon feeding activity being stopped.
Why is that?
What got me involved in this discussion, faraday, was the tone and content of your original contribution to this thread - which of course still carries the title you gave it with your vast overestimate of the cost per year of Southwark Council
's 'bird control' policies. You immediately made this the opportunity to accuse the council of running a 'scam': 'Is this some sort of council scam? They stop prosecuting pigeon feeders so they can 'release' hundreds of thousands of our hard earned council tax?'
Apart from not understanding the logic of the last sentence, I object to the usual knee-jerk reaction 'blame the Council, they're misusing our hard-earned money'.
As one who had when young (I admit it) fed the pigeons in Trafalgar Square (in the old days, before the seagulls took over) and the ducks in St James's Park, I was just puzzled at what point feeding pigeons in a public place becomes a legal offence - and under what law.
Littering - yes, now I understand. But see http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-394624/Pensioner-fined-50-feeding-pigeons.html
- and notice the journalist's attitude. And the quote from the pensioner concerned 'I told them they had more than enough crime in Nottingham to tackle instead of having council wardens picking on old ladies like me.'
This was very different in scale and intent from what is happening on a regular basis at the Elephant - but it's clear the Council has a very fine line to follow if they're going to tackle individual cases using the litter laws - and without getting bad publicity!.
Perhaps there should be a special Southwark bye-law against 'persistent aggravated feeding of wildlife'. It would cover those who put out food for foxes as well. Not sure about bird-tables.