Posted: 31.07.20 at 09:20 by The Editor
A Bourne bank hopes to tackle its problems with pigeon poo by using new netting, a move that has created a stink with opponents.
Lloyds Bank at 8 North Street has gained Listed Building Consent to use the netting following an application to South Kesteven District Council.
The bank told the council that the 1850-built former Post Office is "suffering from a build-up of pigeon guano on the lead-clad monopitch roof."
The application continued: "There are already existing pigeon-spike repellents and netting over the balustrade parapet but this is inadequate to prevent infestation and blocking-up of the recessed gutter.
"It is proposed to net the roof with 50mm gauge 'stone' coloured pigeon netting, replacing the black netting currently over the balustrade. The netting system will incorporate hook bolts to allow roof maintenance as required."
A council report, recommending approval for the work,noted the bank was surrounded by other listed buildings in the Bourne Conservation Area.
Council consultation received 17 comments from the public, mostly expressing concerns over dangers to birds and wildlife and rejecting that netting was necessary.
The report continued: "A couple of derogative comments have also been received that do not hold particular relation to this proposal; these are therefore not taken into consideration when assessing the proposal."
It also said: "Numerous letters of representation have been received, particularly raising concerns in relation to the proposals impact on wildlife/birds and the possibility of causing injury and endangering this wildlife."
Netting did not need planning permission, so was not a consideration in the application, just the impact on the listed building, the report explained.
It concluded: "In this instance it is considered the development proposal would lead to a neutral impact on the significance of this designated heritage asset, this has been weighed against the public benefits of the proposal."