Gull-proof bags to fight resort litter

Western Telegraph: SEA THEM OFF:: Councillor Huw George from Pembrokeshire County Council and the mayor of Tenby, Councillor Sue Lane, are pictured with a gull-proof refuse bag. (7866982) SEA THEM OFF:: Councillor Huw George from Pembrokeshire County Council and the mayor of Tenby, Councillor Sue Lane, are pictured with a gull-proof refuse bag. (7866982)

A Pembrokeshire coastal town is swooping down on seagulls.

Tenby has launched a trial of seagull-proof rubbish bags with the aiming of deterring birds and animals from attacking kerbside waste.

The two-month trial is a joint initiative between Pembrokeshire County Council and Tenby Town Council.

“Rubbish strewn on streets is not a pleasant sight, nor is it hygienic,” said Councillor Huw George, cabinet member for environmental services.

“It also adds to the problems of our waste collection and street cleaning services.

“So when, following an initial suggestion by the Civic Society, Tenby Town Council proposed we trial special reusable seagull-proof bags, we were happy to take part and fund it.

“The bags have already been used successfully in many towns in the West Country.”

The Mayor of Tenby, Councillor Sue Lane, said Tenby Town Council was delighted to work together with the county council to ensure that Tenby remained a place of beauty – for both residents and its many visitors.

She added: “We have always encouraged people to cover their kerbside waste in a bid to reduce attacks from gulls and other vermin. These bags provide a more robust and durable solution, particularly for those premises who may find it impossible to store a conventional refuse bin.”

The trial is being carried out on selected streets in Tenby which are deemed most at risk from swooping gulls. Residents have been written to about the scheme and offered gull proof bags free of charge for the duration of the pilot.

If the trial proves successful then the re-usable bags, which are re-useable, will be made available for sale to residents who want them on a permanent basis.

Anyone wanting a gull proof bag can collect them from Tenby Town Council’s offices at the De Valence Pavilion, Upper Frog Street.

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3:53pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Tttoommy says...

Huw George - IPG - nuff said except CLEAR OFF!
Huw George - IPG - nuff said except CLEAR OFF! Tttoommy
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4:27pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Electra1 says...

The black bin bags we have in Pembroke Dock are not fit for purpose. Not only are they too small but are exceedingly thin and totally transparent. Because they are transparent many people are putting their rubbish in other bags before putting them in the black bag...........so much for cutting back on waste.
The black bin bags we have in Pembroke Dock are not fit for purpose. Not only are they too small but are exceedingly thin and totally transparent. Because they are transparent many people are putting their rubbish in other bags before putting them in the black bag...........so much for cutting back on waste. Electra1
  • Score: 10

4:48pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Tttoommy says...

Electra1 wrote:
The black bin bags we have in Pembroke Dock are not fit for purpose. Not only are they too small but are exceedingly thin and totally transparent. Because they are transparent many people are putting their rubbish in other bags before putting them in the black bag...........so much for cutting back on waste.
Every one on our road has their privately bought plastic bin, the few who don't usually have an old blanket covering their sack
[quote][p][bold]Electra1[/bold] wrote: The black bin bags we have in Pembroke Dock are not fit for purpose. Not only are they too small but are exceedingly thin and totally transparent. Because they are transparent many people are putting their rubbish in other bags before putting them in the black bag...........so much for cutting back on waste.[/p][/quote]Every one on our road has their privately bought plastic bin, the few who don't usually have an old blanket covering their sack Tttoommy
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2:44am Sat 5 Jul 14

Bilbo101 says...

We got our 2 rolls of black see-through bags earlier in the year and every single one of them had a manufacturing fault where the seams were not sealed properly and as a result every flipping one had a big hole in the bottom. I spoke to my neighbour and he told me that his bags were there same! He also told me that apparently not only had the council opted for the ultra thin near see-through bags so they could more easily snoop on what what we were putting in them, but they had also had to buy much cheaper bags in order to fund Bryn's pay rise and his new £89,000 grand Porsche ( so that his son could look the part and get to work in style ). I thought he was pulling my leg but apparently this was another perk the IPPG back scratchers thought our great almighty deserved. It is just a **** shame that they did not put a clause in his contract about performance related pay.

I often wonder what it is exactly about Bryn Parry-Jones that makes Jamie Adams ( and the rest of the back scratchers ) go all weak at the knees and start acting like infatuated school boy(s). I just wish they would remember that it is our council tax money they are throwing around and spend it a bit more responsibly.

On another subject, has anyone else noticed that now the sun has come out, our generously paid cabinet members seem to be spending an awful amount of time gallivanting round the county attending all these wonderful photo opps ? Really Hugh George, a picture of the new bag alone would have been suffice , you don't add any quality to the photo shoot so it would be much better if you stayed in the office and did something a little more constructive, or at least save us the travelling expenses!
We got our 2 rolls of black see-through bags earlier in the year and every single one of them had a manufacturing fault where the seams were not sealed properly and as a result every flipping one had a big hole in the bottom. I spoke to my neighbour and he told me that his bags were there same! He also told me that apparently not only had the council opted for the ultra thin near see-through bags so they could more easily snoop on what what we were putting in them, but they had also had to buy much cheaper bags in order to fund Bryn's pay rise and his new £89,000 grand Porsche ( so that his son could look the part and get to work in style ). I thought he was pulling my leg but apparently this was another perk the IPPG back scratchers thought our great almighty deserved. It is just a **** shame that they did not put a clause in his contract about performance related pay. I often wonder what it is exactly about Bryn Parry-Jones that makes Jamie Adams ( and the rest of the back scratchers ) go all weak at the knees and start acting like infatuated school boy(s). I just wish they would remember that it is our council tax money they are throwing around and spend it a bit more responsibly. On another subject, has anyone else noticed that now the sun has come out, our generously paid cabinet members seem to be spending an awful amount of time gallivanting round the county attending all these wonderful photo opps ? Really Hugh George, a picture of the new bag alone would have been suffice , you don't add any quality to the photo shoot so it would be much better if you stayed in the office and did something a little more constructive, or at least save us the travelling expenses! Bilbo101
  • Score: 7

2:52am Sat 5 Jul 14

Bilbo101 says...

OMG, just noticed my previous post has been automatically censored and the word d-a-m-n has been starred out! Really sorry if I offended anyone { :-o >
OMG, just noticed my previous post has been automatically censored and the word d-a-m-n has been starred out! Really sorry if I offended anyone { :-o > Bilbo101
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8:56am Tue 8 Jul 14

Justiceforall says...

Litter is a big problem everywhere, and it is not just the gulls responsible. Offenders, pick up your dog mess, educate your children to bring their litter home, keep Pembrokeshire beautiful.
Litter is a big problem everywhere, and it is not just the gulls responsible. Offenders, pick up your dog mess, educate your children to bring their litter home, keep Pembrokeshire beautiful. Justiceforall
  • Score: 4

1:44am Wed 9 Jul 14

MrNewgale says...

" If the trial proves successful then the re-usable bags, which are re-useable, . . ."

Great reporting there!
" If the trial proves successful then the re-usable bags, which are re-useable, . . ." Great reporting there! MrNewgale
  • Score: 4

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