The problem of what to do about Whitby’s seagulls has now made it to the desk of the most powerful man in the country.
Prime Minister David Cameron said there was a need for a “big conversation” about the winged menaces after a dog was pecked to death in Cornwall.
Political leaders in the boroughhave vowed to ensure that Mr Cameron is aware that the problem is not just restricted to the South Coast.
Cllr Andrew Jenkinson, who has led the campaign to protect people and property from seagulls, said he has urged MP Robert Goodwill to take the concerns of the people of the borough to David Cameron.
He said: “I’ve spoken to Robert and said to him that at long, long last people are starting to listen
“It is time we did something positive.
“The problem is not going to go away. People are starting to listen. For a long time I was a lone wolf, but not anymore.
“One time a child will be injured by one of these seagulls in Scarborough or Whitby.
“I will not give up, the fightback starts now.” He also jokingly suggested using Boris Johnson’s water cannon to drive the birds away.
The Prime Minister was speaking about seagulls after a Yorkshire terrier was killed in Newquay by a bird.
He told BBC Radio Cornwall: “It is a dangerous one for the prime minister to dive in and come up with an instant answer with the issues of the protection of seagulls, whether there is a need for a cull, what should be done about eggs and nests.
“I think a big conversation needs to happen about this and frankly the people we need to listen to are people who really understand this issue in Cornwall, and the potential effects it is having. Reading the papers about how aggressive the seagulls are now in St Ives, for instance, we do have a problem.”
There have been two reports of seagulls attacking and killing dogs in England in the past three months.
However, it seems fining people who feed the birds is out of the question.
Fining people for feeding seagulls would breach their religious rights, a council claims to have been told.
When it tried to address the issue of aggressive birds in the local area, the politically correct Conwy council in Llandudno was advised against doling out fines.
Responding to the suggestion that a financial penalty may work the council’s head of tourism Jim Jones tweeted: “We looked at the issue of fines, but were told it’s the right 2 feed birds within some religions!”