FOI Request Seagulls

Request 101001574554

I am writing to request information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 relating to the questions below please, for use in an academic article and in other related research outputs.
1. How many complaints did the council receive about seagulls in each of the following years – 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016?
2. In each of the years referred to in Question 1: (i) what measures, if any, were taken by the council directly against seagulls (for example, egg or nest removal or installation of roof spikes) and (ii) how much did each measure cost?
3. In each of the years referred to in Question 1, what measures, if any, were taken by the council either directly against members of the public in relation to feeding seagulls (for example, fines) or to deter members of the public from feeding seagulls (for example, public education, such as leaflets or street signage about bird-feeding)?
4. (i) What measures, if any, have been taken by the council so far this year (up to 31 July 2017) in relation to seagulls, and (ii) how much has each measure cost?
5. (i) Has the council sought any Antisocial Behaviour Orders under the AntiSocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004 to prevent individuals from feeding birds in the council area? If so, (ii) how many?

Response 22-08-2017

The Community Safety Team results are as follows. 

  1. 2010 - 0
    2011 - 0
    2012 - 9
    2013 - 21
    2014 - 23
    2015 - 37
    2016 - 59
    2017 - 50 (to 31 July)
  2. None by Community Safety Team
  3. (For all years) Householders have been given advice against feeding birds.  Signage has been erected in hotspot public areas.
  4. None by Community Safety Team
  5. No ASBOs have been sought in relation to seagull feeding.

Environmental Services advises the following:

1. Complaints numbers are as follows:

2010 -22

2011 - 30

2012  - 53

2013 -38

2014 - 4

2015 - 2

2016 - 5

2. Housing Services advise in 2015 they arranged for gel to be put on the roof of flats in Forres at a cost of £600.

3. Further information is contained within this committee report of 6th September 2016 HERE

4. See question 2

5. Please see environmental health response above. 

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