Businesses to help tackle gull problem in north-east town

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A group aiming to rejuvenate a north-east high street is getting set to launch its first big project – tackling the gull problem.

The Rediscover Peterhead business improvement district (Bid) was approved by shopkeepers last year.

More than 200 businesses now pay into a levy to have projects which aim to attract customers.

In May, cash will be spent on clearing gull nests and eggs from the town centre.

It is the first large-scale project the Peterhead Bid has taken on this year.

But to progress, it needs shop owners to allow removal teams access to their roofs.

In a letter to shops, Bid manager and councillor Iain Sutherland said it would make the town centre safer and cleaner.

He said: “Over the last few years, gulls have become a serious issue in Peterhead town centre.

“Evidence suggests fear of attack by birds was deterring shoppers, particularly during the height of summer when young birds were fighting over food.

“The first operation will take place at the beginning of May, on consecutive Sundays, to minimise disruption.

“There will be three further visits three weeks apart.”

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