Pigeon mess could put newly-weds in a flap

CONCERNS have been voiced over the 'shabby' state of an Alnwick building which is used for weddings, but plagued by pigeon fouling.

Coun Susan Bell said The Centre on Fenkle Street – which houses the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages and hosts wedding ceremonies on the building's ground floor – was looking 'messy' and it was clear that the problem with pigeon excrement still existed.

After the meeting, Coun Geoff Watson admitted the birds were causing a "terrific problem" by fouling on the front of the building and on the steps below.

But he said that plans were in place to try and alleviate the issue.

Coun Watson, manager at Alnwick Community Development Trust (ACDT) – which is also housed in The Centre – said he regularly cleans the area, particularly when there is a wedding, and the county council has also assisted when asked.

He added that a conservation officer has given the trust permission to put spikes on the front of the building to try and solve the problem but it was waiting for the county council to supply a cherry picker so the spikes can be fixed.

"Pigeons do create a horrible mess," he admitted.

"It is a problem in Alnwick and it is a problem at The Centre because we have wedding parties here."