Gran’s ‘living nightmare’ as garden now off limits due to plague of pigeons

A grandmother has spoken of being plagued by pigeons so much that she can't even step foot in her garden without the risk of poo.

Louise Johnson, from Hull, says she is unable to enjoy her garden or hang clothes to try because of the constant mess of feathers and poo from around 50 pigeons living on the roof of her council house.

This is not the first time the pigeons have taken up residency on the 48-year-old’s roof, their antics have been going on for years.

Speaking to HullLive, Ms Johnson said "This is the fifth summer, and I just don't know which way to turn, to be honest.”

She added: "My body can't take it, it's absolutely disgraceful.

“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."

Ms Johnson, who suffers with multiple health conditions and is undergoing chemotherapy, is desperate for a solution after growing concerned about the effect the pigeon fouling is having on her health.

Despite the current pigeon problem starting in April, there has been very little change despite her attempts for the local council to step in.

She says the council told her "it will be getting done, but they don't know when they will get it done”.

Ms Johnson feels the council’s response has been “not good enough” and the lack of help has prompted her to contemplate moving.

However, after 11 years at the property, she believes the pigeons should be forced to move rather than her.

Ms Johnson also blames the installation of solar panels on the roof for contributing to the pigeon problem after pigeons got under the netting.

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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.

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

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