Seagulls

FOI ID: 
8163
FOI Date: 
Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Based on the reporting forms you have set up for people to record various categories of seagull incidents, could you please tell me how many such forms have been submitted to the council in the past 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 (so far).

Please could you also break down the number of reports listed in each category?

How many businesses have applied for the grants to “seagull proof” their properties? How many have been approved? What is the total spend for the council so far towards this scheme?

Finally, could you tell me how the council have responded, or what was the outcome of the report forms which have been submitted? Broad outcomes is fine I don’t expect exact details but I would like to know what action the council is taking when reports are received?

RESPONSE

In terms of the breakdown of service requests or complaints we have received regarding seagull issues, we have various categories and I have separated numbers of service requests in each category. I have assumed the dates you have given are financial years. Therefore, 2019-2020 represents 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020 and 2020/2021 covers 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021. Please see the table below which answers your query:

 

Type of seagull service request

2019/2020

2020/2021

Seagull noise issues

8

7

Seagull muggings/aggressive behaviour

31

22

Seagulls – advice/proofing

14

28

Seagulls – fouling/carcase

6

3

Seagulls - general

5

4

 

Generally, we respond to the above service requests, apart from seagull muggings/aggressive behaviour, by providing verbal or written advice. We have a dedicated web-page that people can access to obtain more information on issues like proofing methods and how to positively interact with seagulls. In terms of the seagull muggings/aggressive behaviour, this data is used to help inform us where the “hotspots” are so that we can adapt our approach to trying to address this issue. For example, these “hotspot” locations became targeted areas for our seagull dispersal and disruption programme between 2017 and 2019.

 

Our current “seagull proof” scheme was originally launched in August 2020, so before this date no match funded grants were offered to local property owners/occupiers. However, between August 2020 and 31 March 2021 we received a total of 14 applications for match funding grants and one was processed to completion. So far in 2021/2022 (1 April 2021 to 31 August 2021) we have received a further 18 applications and 7 have been processed to completion. So far a total of £8,179.20 has been released by the Council in relation to this scheme.