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New hope for gull-proof rubbish bags

From left, Ron Flaherty, Charlotte Cornell and Neil Baker have joined the debate about gulls attacking rubbish bags
From left, Ron Flaherty, Charlotte Cornell and Neil Baker have joined the debate about gulls attacking rubbish bags

More calls have been made to bring gull-proof bins to Herne Bay to stop rubbish being strewn over the streets. Whitstable councillors announced last week that new bins would be provided for people living on Tankerton Slopes. Last year Herne Bay town centre councillor Ron Flaherty (LibDem) called for the council to take action to stop the gulls attacking rubbish. He said:

“People living in Herne Bay town centre streets, parallel to Central Parade, were suffering terror from the skies. The gulls would go down at 5am and would be picking open the bags. So we still need some sort of secure bag area. I suggested containers, while in Thanet they are using gull proof bags. But according to our council officers the scheme in Thanet wasn’t successful. They’re willing to try it in Tankerton, I’d like to ask the officers why they’ve changed their mind.”

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Labour Party campaigner Charlotte Cornell said:

“I’m delighted it’s coming to Tankerton slopes. I hope they will expand into parts of Swalecliffe and Herne Bay. When you see rubbish in the street it is very off-putting.”

Cllr Neil Baker (Con) wrote on his website:

“Tankerton Slopes are an exposed area and while the vast majority of people do put their litter in the bins provided, it doesn’t stop the wind and gulls casting the litter over a wide area. It was gratifying to hear money has been found to replace the bins along the top of the slopes, as well as those along the promenade below. They are expected to be rolled out ahead of the sunny season and should make a huge difference.”

Herne Bay Gazette, November 27th 2014

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