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Hull gran’s enduring pigeon ‘nightmare’ as droppings keep garden out of bounds

September 12, 2021


A Hull gran has said she continues to be plagued by pigeons at her council house in west Hull.

Louise Johnson, 48, says she is still unable to use her garden for leisure or drying clothes because of the poo and feathers constantly left by the around 50 pigeons which live on her roof.

“This is the fifth summer, and I just don’t know which way to turn, to be honest,” she said.

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Hull Live first reported on Louise Johnson’s “living nightmare” back in April.

Unfortunately, the situation has not improved since then.

Ms Johnson, who suffers with multiple health conditions and is undergoing chemotherapy, is concerned about the effect the pigeon fouling situation is having on her health.

“My body can’t take it, it’s absolutely disgraceful,” she said.

Louise Johnson remains plagued by pigeon poo
Louise Johnson remains plagued by pigeon poo

“I don’t like living like this. I should be entitled to my garden for me and my daughter, and her friends, and my grandson and that.

“But it’s out of bounds, it’s disgusting.”

She said the council have said “it will be getting done, but they don’t know when they will get it done” – a situation she described as “not good enough” after years of the pigeon problem.

“It should have been solved by now,” she said.

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“I’m not sleeping because of the noise of the pigeons, everything is just like a nightmare.”

Ms Johnson, who claimed attempting contact with the council about the problem was “like talking to a brick wall”, has considered moving because of the problem.

However, she believes the pigeons should be forced to move on, not her.

“I’ve been here 11 years, Why should I?” she said.

When previously reported, Ms Johnson blamed the installation of solar panels on the roof for the continued pigeon problems.

A Hull City Council spokesman said back in April: “The solar panels were installed in 2012. In 2019, netting was fitted to the panels to prevent birds nesting under them – this netting can be seen in the video.

“Solar panels offer fantastic benefits for tenants, significantly reducing their energy bills. Solar panels also benefit the environment by providing clean energy.

Louise Johnson's garden, patio and windows are subject to continuous fouling by the pigeons.
Louise Johnson’s garden, patio and windows are subject to continuous fouling by the pigeons.

“We will be sending a surveyor to the property to further investigate the issue.”

Ms Johnson said it “was correct” that netting was installed in 2019, but “the pigeons got underneath and so they lived there again”.

She also said she had not had a surveyor visit the property since April.

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