Gull feeder Eileen Weston refuses to stop feeding birds despite ASBO threat
EILEEN Weston has vowed to continue feeding birds despite calls to give her an ASBO.
Her neighbours, in Chatcombe Road, Matson, have complained about Eileen's antics.
The pensioner feeds her feathered friends two whole loaves of buttered bread every day.
Neighbours claim her constant feeding of the birds is drawing gulls into the street, who then splatter their homes, cars and washing.
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One neighbour even called for her to be given an anti-social behaviour order for her actions.
While the 68-year-old has agreed to stop feeding the gulls, she insists there is no way she will stop feeding the other birds. She said: "My neighbours haven't said anything to me about this.
"One of them had a quiet word with me once when I was shopping, but no one else has even complained or anything.
"I stopped feeding the gulls a couple of months ago, but there is no way I will stop feeding the other birds."
Retired Eileen spends up to £20 a week stocking up on the loaves.
She then spreads margarine on the slices before putting it on a bird table in her garden.
She claims that by cutting the pieces of buttered bread up smaller, the gulls no longer feed in her garden.
"They sometimes hover above the house to see what is happening, but they are not interested in the smaller pieces," she added.
"But I am not going to stop feeding the other birds, I've been feeding them since 1981 – I'm not going to stop now.
"I just love animals."
Gloucester city councillor Kate Haigh (L, Matson and Robinswood) believes Mrs Weston is right to stop feeding the gulls.
She said: "I haven't had anybody complain to me about it, but I did see it in The Citizen.
"Gulls are regarded as pests and should not be encouraged.
"Parts of the city centre look horrendous for example. I think they have been dive bombing the Fleece Hotel!"
On Monday a Gloucester City Council spokesman said: "People are entitled to feed the birds in their own garden but if there is an accumulation of waste, or vermin is being attracted, the council may investigate."
The city council has tried several initiatives to control numbers of gulls in the city centre, including asking traders to put their rubbish in 'gull-proof' bags.
Other schemes have included a 10-year egg oiling programme, which prevents gull eggs from hatching, and the use of birds of prey on the tip at Hempsted to scare them away.
Pots of fluorescent yellow jelly have also been placed on some of the city's buildings, giving the illusion they are on fire so the gulls don't land.