Network Rail has failed to replace damaged netting on a rail bridge in Birdbrook Road despite complaints from Clive Efford and local residents. The netting is supposed to prevent pigeons from roosting under the bridge and causing a nuisance by fouling the footpath below.
However, the netting has become damaged and pigeons are getting through the net. Apart from fouling on the pavement, some pigeons become trapped in the netting and starve to death. The bodies are left to rot.
The issue was first raised at one of Clive’s walkabouts on the Page Estate in November. Whilst Network Rail have repaired netting on other bridges locally, the one in Birdbrook has remained untouched.
Clive will now refer the matter to the RSPCA as well as Network Rail.