Pigeons which have made their homes under a bridge in Horsham town centre have got residents in a flap after ‘bombing’ passersby.
Now the residents are calling for action after claiming that the birds are causing a danger by forcing people to walk into a busy road to avoid their droppings.
The problem pigeons are gathered under the historic Iron Bridge in Queen Street where they have been splattering passers-by with pigeon poo.
Now people have taken to social media to highlight the problem. One woman said: “Can someone do something about those dirty pigeons? It’s getting so you have to walk as near to the road as you can which is very dangerous.
“I am fed up with getting filth all down me - the pavement is disgusting.”
Another wrote on the website Streetlife.com: “It is filthy and dangerous to health, the muck gets on your shoes and on wheels of trolleys/pushchairs and then is brought into the house. It’s basically a toilet.”
Another person added: “Queen Street is one of the main roads into town and it doesn’t give a good impression to visitors.”
Suggestions have been put forward that some form of nylon spikes could be fitted to prevent the pigeons roosting under the bridge.
People say that the numbers of pigeons in the area have increased over recent years.
A spokesman for Network Rail, which is responsible for the bridge, said: “Pigeons are adaptable creatures and they find old railway bridges useful places to roost. Unfortunately, their droppings are a menace, not only to the public but also to our staff, who have to inspect the bridges. In this instance, we’ve not been made aware of the pigeon trouble at Queen Street, however we will look into it and see what we can do to persuade our feathered friends to leave home and not come back.
“Anyone with concerns about the railway, including pigeons, should call our helpline on 03457 114141.”