Council chiefs in Stoke-on-Trent have defended spending £75,000 on tackling the city’s pigeon problem.
Latest figures show that the council spends more than any other authority outside London on ridding the streets of the winged menace.
In the last three years, Stoke-on-Trent City Council has spent £75,000 on a range of measures including pigeon-proofing buildings, clearing up pigeon mess and removing dead pigeons.
A spokesperson from Stoke-on-Trent City Council said: “We have a duty to ensure our city is clean, well maintained and attractive for residents, businesses and visitors.
“More than a third of the money we have spent in the last three years has gone on permanent, long-term solutions to protect our buildings.
“This will create a cleaner and healthier environment for everyone and preserve the heritage of our city.”
Technical officer at the British Pest Control Association Natalie Bungay, said: “Pest control will be carried out against pigeons when complaints from the public come in.
“People don’t like to see them and complain about being swooped on and the mess that they create.
“This is a large problem throughout the country, but councils deal with them in different ways.
“The councils want to protect their buildings from the mess that pigeons make.”
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