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Controversial pigeon cull reaction has been largely positive in Hungerford

The reaction to Hungerford's controversial pigeon cull has been largely positive among traders and residents, the town mayor has said.

Helen Simpson was reporting to a meeting of the full town council on Monday night, September 6.

The council ordered the cull as a last resort, following years of public demand for more action.

Pigeons are being culled in Hungerford
Pigeons are being culled in Hungerford

Methods such as painting roofs with deterrent 'fire gel', netting and public awareness campaigns regarding litter and food waste barely made a dent.

Mrs Simpson acknowledged she had received a barrage of personal abuse via social media but, as reported by this newspaper, a large percentage of signatories to a petition protesting the cull were from out of town - and even from abroad.

She told the meeting: "We acted within the law. And we have received an enormous amount of support from business owners, High Street landlords and residents."

Mrs Simpson added that feral pigeon numbers were now significantly reduced.

Councillor Nick Schlanker said: "I completely agree (with the action taken) but there were reports of pigeon carcasses decaying in the High Street."

Mrs Simpson replied: "I'm not sure they are all a result of the cull - but we will feed that back to the contractor."

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